In 2011, 45.4 legally induced abortions per 100 live births took place in Estonia, which is one of the highest rates in the EU, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
8,654 abortions were registered in Estonia last year: 6,668 were willful abortions and 1,986 were miscarriages.
"The number of abortions has decreased constantly. When in 2010, there were 7,068 induced abortions, last year there were 6,668," said Statistical Office senior statistician Kalev Noorkõiv.
There were 20.6 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011 versus 21.6 in 2010.
The rate of abortions, i.e. number of abortions per live births grew from 44.7 in 2010 to 45.4 in 2011, but the reason was that the number of live births was by 1,000 smaller than a year earlier. "The number of abortions fell but the number of births fell even more," said Noorkõiv.
In 2011, 14,679 people were born in Estonia.