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Table 15.1 Parity distribution and prevalence of multipartner fertility, in %; men and women in East Germany, West Germany and Finland

From: Childbearing Across Partnerships in Finland and Germany

  West Germany East Germany Finland
  Men Women Men Women Men Women
Mean number of children 1.3 1.5 1.2 1.5 1.6 1.8
Mean age at censoring 40.3 40.5 41.2 41.3 42.0 42.0
N 1453 1797 1453 1797 10,559 10,222
Childless, % 36 26 31 19 31 22
One child, % 19 19 28 30 16 16
Two children, % 30 35 29 37 31 35
Three children, % 11 16 7 10 16 18
Four or more children, % 3 4 4 3 7 9
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100
N 1454 1795 716 756 10,559 10,222
Persons with two children       
 Same partner, % 92 88 87 77 89 86
 Several partners, % 8 12 13 23 11 14
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100
N 489 713 240 303 3270 3529
Persons with three children       
 Same partner, % 86 75 57 61 76 71
 Several partners, % 14 25 43 39 24 29
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100
N 180 313 60 89 1638 1877