Teenage pregnancy rate in Romania is worrying
According to the latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published in 2015 claimed that 15.6 percent of first children in Romania were born to teenage mothers in 2013.
Romania is followed by Bulgaria where teenage pregnancy rate stands at 14.7 percent
While according to Romanian Institute of Statistics, around 18,600 teenagers gave birth in 2014 including 2,212 aged between 12 and 15 years. More than two-thirds of teenage mothers live in rural areas of Romania.
Most of the teenage pregnancy reported from the Roma minority, which numbers about two million in Romania. Early marriage is widespread tradition in Roma minority.
Roma people have a long history of living in Europe with a presence recorded from the 13th Century. They are now widely recognized as one of the EU's largest minority groups.