What is life like for children living in Estonia? How child-friendly is the Estonian society? Children’s well-being is an important discussion topic and the focus of many organisations, political forces and the media. For a better overview on the topic, it is necessary to collect data and study the situation and opportunities of children from various perspectives.

Statistics Estonia focuses on many areas of children’s lives, such as the environment they grow up in, their living conditions, poverty and social exclusion, the coping of households with children and population trends.

The statistics provide information, such as:

  • how many children are born in Estonia each year;
  • how many children live in Estonia;
  • what is the expenditure of households with children per member of household;
  • how many children are at risk of poverty or live in poverty.

The statistics provide important information on the situation of children in Estonia. Such data are needed for preparing laws relating to children and for measuring child well-being.

Number of children in Estonia 257 044
Expenditure of households with children per household member 5 186.1 euros
Share of children in absolute poverty 1.6 %
Share of children at risk of poverty 17.2 %
Deaths of 0–17-year-olds per 100,000 children of the same age 22.7
Live births 14 099
Equivalised annual disposable income of households with children 13 722.9 euros
Households with children whose dwelling is in good or very good condition 76.6 %
Children in formal childcare 85.2 %
Households with children | 2012 - 2019
Children's living conditions | 2011 - 2018

Seminar on child well-being

Today, on 14 January, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice holds a seminar to present Statistics Estonia’s publication “Child Well-Being”. The publication covers all the main aspects of child well-being and gives an overview of child well-being in Estonia.
Read more 14. January 2014