The number of live births in North Macedonia last year was the lowest in the period between 1994 and 2019, the data provided by the State Statistical Bureau shows. 2019, with 19.845 live births, scored 7% lower compared to the number of live births in 2018. These worrisome numbers about Macedonia’s birth rate were repeated fifth consecutive year in a row, showing tendency of a constant decrease of the number of live births. By comparison, in 2015 there were 23.075 life births i.e. 3.230 more compared to the year before.

The statistical data indicate that the decrease of the number of live births goes parallel with the increase of the age of first birth. The average maternal age for the previous year was 29.2 years, whilst the average for first birth was 27.5 years. Five years ago, in 2015, the average maternal age was 28.7 years, whilst the average for first birth was 27 years.