Sweden: Number of Births, by year
YearNumber of births,
in thousands
  • Region: Sweden
  • Time period: 2013 to 2023
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Decline in Births from 2016 to 2023

Births in Sweden saw a significant decline from 117,425 in 2016 to 100,051 in 2023, marking a decrease of 17,374 births. This trend highlights a 14.8% reduction over the seven-year period, indicating a noticeable change in birth rates.

Lowest Births Recorded in 2023

The year 2023 recorded the lowest number of births over the examined period, with only 100,051 births. This figure is particularly significant when compared to the peak year of 2016, which saw 117,425 births.

Yearly Fluctuations in Birth Numbers

Annual birth numbers experienced fluctuations, with a notable peak in 2016 at 117,425 births followed by varying decreases and increases. The years 2020 and 2021 saw births closely aligned at 113,077 and 114,263, respectively, before a more pronounced decrease commenced.

Steady Decline Post-2017

Since 2017, there has been a steady decline in the number of births, with 115,416 births in 2017 gradually reducing to 100,051 in 2023. This sustained downward trend over six years underscores changing demographic or societal factors influencing birth rates in Sweden.

Comparison of Recent Years

The comparison between the most recent years, 2022 and 2023, showcases a significant drop from 104,734 to 100,051 births, illustrating an accelerated decrease in the number of births by 4,683 within just one year.

Highest to Lowest Birth Counts

Analyzing the dataset from highest to lowest birth counts reveals that the year 2016 had the highest number of births at 117,425, whereas 2023 presented the lowest at 100,051. This range indicates the variability in birth rates over the observed period.

Average Annual Birth Rate Decline

The average annual decline in birth rates from 2016 to 2023 can be calculated, showing a progressive decrease in the birth rate. This average decline underscores the ongoing demographic shift in Sweden.

Impact of Socioeconomic Factors

The data may reflect the impact of socioeconomic factors on birth rates, with the steady decline post- 2017 possibly tied to changes in economic conditions, housing, employment, or family planning policies in Sweden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which year saw the lowest number of births in Sweden?

The lowest number of births was recorded in the year 2023, with only 100,051 births.

What was the highest number of births in Sweden?

The highest number of births was recorded in 2016 at 117,425 births.

Terms and Definitions

Birth rate refers to the number of live births per 1,000 people in a specified population over a certain period, typically one year. In this context, it would be an essential factor in understanding the fluctuations in the number of births in Sweden.

Population refers to a group of individuals living in the same geographical area or sharing similar characteristics. In the article, it may refer to the total number of people living in Sweden.

Demography is the statistical study of populations, especially human ones. It involves the analysis of the size, structure, and distribution of these populations, and changes in them in response to birth, migration, aging, and death.

Fertility rate is the average number of children a woman gives birth to during her childbearing years. It is a significant measure related to population growth and can impact the number of births in a given year.

Population growth rate is the increase in a country's population during a period of time, usually one year, expressed as a percentage of the population at the start of that period. It reflects the number of births, deaths, and net migration during the period.

Demographic transition refers to the transition from high birth and death rates to lower birth and death rates as a country or region develops from a pre-industrial to an industrialized economic system. This theory becomes relevant when exploring long-term changes in birth rates.
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