Fertility rate, total (births per woman) - Country Ranking

Definition: Total fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with age-specific fertility rates of the specified year.

Source: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (4) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Reprot (various years), (5) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database, and (6) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Niger 7.57 2015
2 Somalia 6.36 2015
3 Mali 6.14 2015
4 Chad 6.05 2015
5 Angola 6.00 2015
6 Dem. Rep. Congo 5.91 2015
7 Burundi 5.86 2015
8 Uganda 5.68 2015
9 The Gambia 5.67 2015
10 Timor-Leste 5.62 2015
11 Nigeria 5.59 2015
12 Burkina Faso 5.44 2015
13 Mozambique 5.30 2015
14 Zambia 5.28 2015
15 Tanzania 5.08 2015
16 Malawi 5.05 2015
17 Senegal 5.03 2015
18 Côte d'Ivoire 4.94 2015
19 Guinea 4.93 2015
20 Congo 4.81 2015
21 Guinea-Bissau 4.76 2015
22 Equatorial Guinea 4.75 2015
23 Benin 4.69 2015
24 Afghanistan 4.65 2015
25 Liberia 4.65 2015
26 Cameroon 4.63 2015
27 Mauritania 4.54 2015
28 São Tomé and Principe 4.52 2015
28 Sierra Leone 4.52 2015
30 Iraq 4.52 2015
31 Togo 4.51 2015
32 Comoros 4.42 2015
33 Madagascar 4.35 2015
34 Sudan 4.29 2015
35 Ethiopia 4.28 2015
36 Kenya 4.26 2015
37 Eritrea 4.21 2015
38 Central African Republic 4.21 2015
39 Ghana 4.12 2015
40 Yemen 4.04 2015
41 Samoa 4.03 2015
42 Solomon Islands 3.90 2015
43 Zimbabwe 3.86 2015
44 Gabon 3.85 2015
45 Rwanda 3.80 2015
46 Papua New Guinea 3.71 2015
47 Kiribati 3.69 2015
48 Tonga 3.68 2015
49 Pakistan 3.55 2015
50 Namibia 3.47 2015
51 Tajikistan 3.45 2015
52 Jordan 3.37 2015
53 Egypt 3.31 2015
54 Vanuatu 3.31 2015
55 Swaziland 3.20 2015
56 Guatemala 3.16 2015
57 Lesotho 3.14 2015
58 Djibouti 3.13 2015
59 Kyrgyz Republic 3.06 2015
60 Israel 3.01 2015
61 Haiti 2.97 2015
62 Philippines 2.94 2015
63 Lao PDR 2.92 2015
63 Bolivia 2.92 2015
65 Syrian Arab Republic 2.90 2015
66 Algeria 2.81 2015
67 Botswana 2.80 2015
68 Saudi Arabia 2.71 2015
69 Oman 2.71 2015
70 Mongolia 2.64 2015
71 Kazakhstan 2.60 2015
72 Cambodia 2.60 2015
73 Belize 2.55 2015
74 Fiji 2.54 2015
75 Guyana 2.53 2015
76 Ecuador 2.51 2015
77 Paraguay 2.51 2015
78 Morocco 2.49 2015
79 Dominican Republic 2.45 2015
80 Indonesia 2.44 2015
81 Peru 2.43 2015
82 Libya 2.43 2015
83 Panama 2.42 2015
84 Uzbekistan 2.41 2015
85 India 2.40 2015
86 Venezuela 2.34 2015
87 South Africa 2.34 2015
88 Suriname 2.34 2015
89 Honduras 2.33 2015
90 Argentina 2.31 2015
91 Seychelles 2.28 2015
92 Turkmenistan 2.28 2015
93 Azerbaijan 2.27 2015
94 Cabo Verde 2.27 2015
95 Nicaragua 2.23 2015
96 Mexico 2.21 2015
97 Myanmar 2.18 2015
98 Nepal 2.17 2015
99 Bangladesh 2.14 2015
100 Tunisia 2.13 2015
101 Grenada 2.13 2015
102 St. Kitts and Nevis 2.11 2002
103 New Caledonia 2.09 2015
104 Kuwait 2.07 2015
105 Antigua and Barbuda 2.06 2015
106 Sri Lanka 2.06 2015
107 Turkey 2.05 2015
108 Greenland 2.04 2014
109 Bahrain 2.04 2015
110 Jamaica 2.03 2015
111 Palau 2.02 2005
112 New Zealand 2.02 2015
113 Ireland 2.01 2015
114 Uruguay 2.01 2015
114 Qatar 2.01 2015
116 France 2.00 2015
117 Bhutan 1.98 2015
118 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 1.97 2015
119 Vietnam 1.96 2015
120 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.95 2015
121 Malaysia 1.93 2015
122 Sweden 1.93 2015
123 Iceland 1.92 2015
124 United Kingdom 1.92 2015
125 El Salvador 1.91 2015
126 Dominica 1.90 2003
127 Australia 1.89 2015
128 United States 1.88 2015
129 Colombia 1.88 2015
130 St. Lucia 1.87 2015
131 The Bahamas 1.86 2015
132 Brunei 1.86 2015
133 Belgium 1.82 2015
134 Georgia 1.82 2015
135 Costa Rica 1.80 2015
136 Norway 1.80 2015
136 Barbados 1.80 2015
138 Albania 1.79 2015
139 Brazil 1.78 2015
140 United Arab Emirates 1.77 2015
141 Trinidad and Tobago 1.77 2015
142 Netherlands 1.76 2015
143 Finland 1.75 2015
144 Chile 1.75 2015
145 Denmark 1.74 2015
146 Lebanon 1.72 2015
147 Russia 1.70 2015
148 Iran 1.69 2015
149 Montenegro 1.68 2015
150 Belarus 1.62 2015
150 Slovenia 1.62 2015
152 Estonia 1.62 2015
153 Puerto Rico 1.61 2015
154 Lithuania 1.61 2015
155 Cuba 1.61 2015
156 Canada 1.59 2015
157 Luxembourg 1.58 2015
158 Serbia 1.58 2015
159 China 1.57 2015
160 Bulgaria 1.56 2015
161 Switzerland 1.55 2015
162 Macedonia 1.54 2015
163 Ukraine 1.53 2015
164 Armenia 1.52 2015
165 Latvia 1.51 2015
166 Romania 1.51 2015
167 Croatia 1.50 2015
168 Austria 1.50 2015
169 Thailand 1.50 2015
170 Czech Republic 1.49 2015
171 Malta 1.46 2015
172 Italy 1.46 2015
173 Mauritius 1.45 2015
174 Liechtenstein 1.45 2014
175 Cyprus 1.44 2015
176 Japan 1.43 2015
177 Germany 1.41 2015
178 Slovak Republic 1.40 2015
179 Hungary 1.37 2015
180 Poland 1.35 2015
181 Spain 1.34 2015
182 Greece 1.31 2015
183 Korea 1.29 2015
184 Macao SAR, China 1.28 2015
185 Andorra 1.27 2010
186 San Marino 1.26 2012
187 Hong Kong SAR, China 1.26 2015
188 Portugal 1.25 2015
189 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.25 2015
190 Moldova 1.25 2015
191 Singapore 1.24 2015

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Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Reproductive health is a state of physical and mental well-being in relation to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Means of achieving reproductive health include education and services during pregnancy and childbirth, safe and effective contraception, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. Total fertility rates are based on data on registered live births from vital registration systems or, in the absence of such systems, from censuses or sample surveys. The estimated rates are generally considered reliable measures of fertility in the recent past. Where no empirical information on age-specific fertility rates is available, a model is used to estimate the share of births to adolescents. For countries without vital registration systems fertility rates are generally based on extrapolations from trends observed in censuses or surveys from earlier years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: it can indicate the status of women within households and a woman’s decision about the number and spacing of children.