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Figure 1 presents the total fertility rate and number of births (in thousands) in Finland from 1980 to 2008.

Figure 2 shows the average number of children per woman at the age of 30 and 45 among different female cohorts in Finland.

From figure 3 you can see how childbearing has became polarized in Finland: there are more and more childless women as well as women who have at least three children.

Figure 4 represents the proportion on childless women and men at the age of 35 in Finland from 1987 to 2008. Some of these people are still going to have children in the future, however the proportion of life time childlessness is expected to increase in the future.

Education strongly affects fertility; childlessness is the highest among highly educated women but among men, childlessness decreases with increasing education, as can be seen from figure 5.

Figures by Anneli Miettinen / Population Research Institute