9,239 births in May

9,239 births in May

Statbel publishes today the provisional monthly results of the statistics on births.

The first provisional figures show that in May 2024, 9,239 babies were born in Belgium: 5,280 in Flanders, 2,790 in Wallonia and 1,169 in the Brussels-Capital Region.

These results were calculated based on Demobel, Statbel’s demographic database (source: National Register).

As these figures are provisional, it is not yet possible to draw any clear conclusions, either on a monthly or on an annual basis.

For that, we will have to wait for the final publication of population figures on 1 January 2025 mid-2025.

Births per province and the Brussels-Capital Region

Province/Region Jan 2024 Feb 2024 Mar 2024 Apr 2024 May 2024
Brussels-Capital Region 1,179 1,175 1,200 1,169 1,169
Province of Antwerp 1,627 1,531 1,521 1,612 1,633
Province of Flemish Brabant 861 840 912 889 899
Province of Walloon Brabant 270 276 263 261 291
Province of West Flanders 914 822 875 921 846
Province of East Flanders 1,232 1,187 1,251 1,278 1,247
Province of Hainaut 1,059 1,041 973 1,018 1,007
Province of Liège 887 847 880 838 864
Province of Limburg 649 588 600 580 655
Province of Luxembourg 220 236 234 247 239
Province of Namur 352 341 373 341 389

Purpose and brief description

The statistics on births and fertility are compiled based on two sources: the declaration forms for births at the municipal civil registry and the National Register. The first source is the most important and most extensive one. It provides a lot of information on all the children born in the country (de facto births) and on their parents. The second source is the fastest. However, it only provides information on the births of children whose mother is registered in the National Register. By combining these two sources and using the National Register as a basic source from 2010 on, the statistics only record live births to women residing legally in Belgium, regardless of whether these births take place in Belgium or abroad. These births are broken down according to the administrative units of the country, according to the main characteristics of the mother and according to certain characteristics of the newborn child. A number of fertility indicators can also be derived. It is therefore possible to position the level and evolution of the country’s demographic dynamics. The fertility rate by age is the ratio between the number of live births to women of a certain age and the average number of women of that age, for the given year. The total fertility rate (TFR) summarises the successive fertility rates by age and is the sum of those figures. The TFR is the number of children a woman would have in her reproductive years if she lived with the same fertility rate at each age...


All live births



Release calendar

Results available 1 year after the reference period


Month of birth: Month of birth, from the date of birth

Child gender: Gender of the child

Place of birth: Place of delivery:

Twin birth: Total number of births, including stillbirths, following the pregnancy

Birth order of the child: Birth order of the child in all live births to the mother

Pregnancy duration: Duration of the pregnancy (in weeks) at the time of the birth

Type of childbirth: Type of help in childbirth

Birth defects: Presence of one or more birth defects

Weight: Weight (in grammes) of the child at birth

APGAR after 1 min: APGAR score after 1 minute.