Almost one in 10 of the 185,000 babies born in the Netherlands last year was born into a single-parent family and four out of 10 had unmarried parents, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.
First borns were most likely to have a non-married mother.
Single parenthood is particularly common in Flevoland, Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland where many Antillean and Surinamese women live, the CBS said. This is because statistically they are more likely to raise children alone.
According to other CBS statistics released on Wednesday, more than 55,000 children have been adopted by Dutch parents since the current adoption law was introduced in 1956.
Of them, 39,000 were born abroad. In the 1950s and 1960s, most adopted children were Dutch but this tailed off in the late 1960s when the government began giving welfare payments to unmarried women and girls, making it easier for them to keep their children.
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