A third of managers are women

What is the average age of women at the birth of their first child? At what age do women and men get married? What are the employment and unemployment rates for women? What is the proportion of
female teachers? What proportion of managers or Members of national Parliaments are women? What are the differences in cultural activities of women and men? Answers to these questions and to
other can be found in this News Release published on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2008.

On the same occasion, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, also releases the publication «The life of women and men in Europe«1.

Life expectancy for women varies between 76 in Romania, Bulgaria and Latvia, and 84 in France and Spain
In 2006, life expectancy in the EU27 was 80.9 years for women and 74.6 years for men, which is a difference of 6.3 years. In all Member States life expectancy was higher for women than for men.
The highest life expectancies for women were observed in Spain and France (both 84.4 years) and Italy (83.8 in 2004), and the lowest in Romania (76.2), Bulgaria and Latvia (both 76.3). The
Member States with the largest differences in life expectancy between women and men were Lithuania (11.7 years), Estonia (11.2) and Latvia (10.9), and the smallest were Cyprus (3.6), United
Kingdom (4.0 in 2005), the Netherlands and Sweden (both 4.3).

Women’s age at first marriage varies between 25 in Lithuania and 31 in Sweden
The age of first marriage was higher for both women and men in 2006 than in 2000 in all Member States, with an average of 28.1 years for women and 30.6 years for men in the EU27 in 2006,
compared with 26.8 and 29.4 respectively in 2000. In 2006, the youngest women getting married for the first time were found in Lithuania (25.0 years), Romania (25.2), Poland (25.4), Bulgaria
(25.7) and Latvia (25.9), and the oldest in Sweden (31.3), Denmark (30.7), France (29.5) and Finland (29.3).

In 2005 in the EU27, women were aged on average 28.1 when they had their first child, compared with 27.4 in 2000. This age increased between 2000 and 2005 in all Member States. In 2005,
Bulgaria (24.7 years) had the youngest first time mothers, followed by Romania (24.8), Lithuania (24.9) and Latvia (25.0 in 2006), while the United Kingdom (30.0 in 2006), Spain (29.3 in 2006),
Germany (29.1) and Luxembourg (29.0) had the oldest.

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