Sweden: Number of Abortions, by age
Age bracketNumber of abortions
40 years and older2,725
35-39 years6,027
30-34 years9,363
25-29 years8,619
20-24 years6,193
Under 19 years2,336
  • Region: Sweden
  • Time period: 2022
  • Published: May 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 10, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Highest number of legal abortions recorded in the 30-34 age bracket

The 30-34 age group experienced the highest number of legal abortions, totaling 9,363. This significant figure surpasses the second-highest group, those aged 25-29 years, by 744 abortions, illustrating a notable demographic trend in reproductive health decisions.

Decreasing frequency of abortions with increasing age beyond 30

A clear trend emerges where the frequency of legal abortions decreases with increasing age beyond 30. The data shows a gradual decline from 9,363 abortions in the 30-34 years bracket to 2,725 in the 40 years and older category, highlighting a significant shift in reproductive choices or needs as age progresses.

Young adults and teenagers account for a smaller proportion of abortions

Individuals under 19 years and those within the 20-24 age bracket together accounted for 8,529 legal abortions, representing a smaller combined total compared to the 9,363 abortions observed in the 30-34 years age group alone. This indicates a lower incidence of abortions among younger age groups compared to their early thirties counterparts.

Most abortions occur in individuals under 35

Analyzing the data reveals that the majority of legal abortions, specifically 29,202 out of 36,263, occur in individuals under the age of 35. This statistic highlights that 80.5% of the recorded abortions were carried out in younger age groups, underscoring the demographic patterns in reproductive health choices.

The 35-39 age group shows a higher incidence than the youngest group

The number of abortions among individuals aged 35-39 years was 6,027, significantly exceeding the 2,336 abortions recorded in the under 19 age group by 3,691. This disparity suggests differing reproductive health dynamics and choices between the two age extremes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which age group recorded the highest number of legal abortions?

The 30-34 age group recorded the highest number of legal abortions with a total of 9,363.

Terms and Definitions

Abortions refer to the termination of pregnancy before the fetus can survive outside the uterus. The reasoning behind abortions is versatile and can range from medical reasons, personal decisions, to socioeconomic conditions.

Pregnancy is a biological state characterized by the development of one or more offspring, known as embryos or fetuses, inside a woman's uterus. This period typically lasts around 40 weeks from the last menstrual period.

Fetal viability refers to the stage at which a fetus has the capability to survive outside the womb, typically considered around the 24th week of pregnancy.

Legal Abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy performed by a licensed medical professional under the guidelines and permissions stipulated by the law of a place. It is carried out within a legally recognized time frame and conditions, safeguarding the rights of the female individuals to make decisions about their own bodies, often done for several reasons including medical, social, or personal.

Medical Termination of Pregnancy, often interchangeably used with abortion, is the procedure of intentionally ending a pregnancy before the fetus can survive outside the uterus. It is conducted under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional, either through medications or surgical methods.

Reproductive Rights refer to the rights of individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so. These rights include the right to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion, and violence, including access to legal abortion services.
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