Definition: This entry gives the average annual number of births during a year per 1,000 persons in the population at midyear; also known as crude birth rate. The birth rate is usually the dominant factor in determining the rate of population growth. It depends on both the level of fertility and the age structure of the population.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014See also: Birth rate map
Low Birth Rates, Aging Population Could Make South Korea World's Oldest Country By 2045
Tech Times - 2/3/2016 2:48:52 PM
Japan is not the only nation in Asia suffering from a low population of newborn babies. Because of low birth rates and a rapidly aging population, South Korea may inevitably become the world's oldest country in 30 years. What's more, unless the population ...
UN tells Latin American countries hit by Zika to allow women access to abortion
The Guardian - 2/5/2016 7:04:12 PM
This is currently very limited in Latin America due to strict controls on birth control and abortion, which range widely from country to country. On one extreme is El Salvador – which has one of the highest rates of ... around the world: from bans ...
Rate of Zika-Related Birth Defects in Brazil Uncertain
Wall Street Journal - 2/4/2016 6:36:45 PM
SÃO PAULO—The number of Brazilian newborns with a rare birth disorder the World Health Organization suspects is linked ... it is hard to gauge the virus’s role in current rates of the birth defect. “There is a strong suspicion of a link between ...
Mapping the Oldest Countries in the World
Bloomberg - 2/2/2016 1:31:19 PM
it varies sharply across country lines. Globally, the median age will rise from 29.64 years in 2015 to 36.14 years in 2050. China, where the (recently loosened) one-child policy has resulted in a very low birth rate for more than 20 years, is forecast to ...
World's first robot farm in Japan to automate everything but planting seeds
Examiner - 2/3/2016 2:10:06 AM
Japan is getting older, and the country's low birth rate is struggling to fill the labor gap left by its aging population. Several companies are using novel approaches to deal with labor shortages such as a “robot farm” where most of the work that goes ...
Recovery in Japan’s birth rate is a quirk: Demographers
Today - 2/4/2016 8:59:55 PM
TOKYO — A recovery in Japan’s birth rate under way since 2005 is a statistical quirk that does not reflect a fundamental increase in childbearing, the country’s top demographers have warned. Although Japan’s total fertility rate is up from a trough ...
US Infant Mortality Rate Declines but Still Exceeds Other Developed Countries
jama.jamanetwork.com - 2/2/2016 8:12:11 PM
“Our preterm birth rate is among the highest among the developed ... which ranks 26th in the world (http://1.usa.gov/1mSE0pA), and that of other developed countries raises the question of how “public policies toward poverty, pregnancy, delivery ...
While the world improves its record, here's why India has world’s most stillborn babies
Firstpost - 2/5/2016 6:11:06 AM
Like Ambika, most women of the tribe give birth at home. Their dead-at-birth babies ... life at or after 28 weeks’ gestation”, according to the World Health Organisation. Worldwide, the rate of stillbirths decreased to 18.4 per 1,000 births in 2015 ...
Q&A: What is microcephaly, the birth defect linked to Zika?
USA Today - 2/2/2016 2:50:04 PM
Zika hasn't previously been linked to this birth defect. But health officials in French Polynesia have gone back to look at rates of microcephaly after their country's Zika outbreak in 2013-2014. That analysis found that microcephaly cases increased ...
WHO concerned by report of sexual spread of Zika virus
Reuters - 2/3/2016 12:58:31 AM
The United Nations agency, which is leading international coordination on the outbreak, said on Tuesday the virus could spread to Africa and Asia, which have the world's highest birth rates ... "Now is the time for countries to prepare themselves to ...
World stocks jump as Bank of Japan rate goes sub-zero
Comment - 2/4/2016 3:02:00 PM
"This week, we will see where the dollar-yen rate settles for now", following the dollar's surge ... Shares on Wall Street and in Europe rose more than one per cent, as did MSCI's all-country world stock index, which gained 1.56 per cent.
Zika virus and depopulation: Rising number of miscarriages, birth defects blamed on virus as governments urge women not to reproduce
naturalnews.com - 2/5/2016 3:50:56 PM
(NaturalNews) The next pandemic is upon us, and it has taken the form of another (likely) mosquito-borne virus known as Zika, which may end up being indirectly responsible for depopulating the world ... Monitor in December, birth rates in Central and ...
Zika tests Catholic position on birth control
Q 13 Fox - 2/3/2016 3:10:21 PM
The church has long forbidden nearly every form of birth control, but health officials in some Latin American countries have advised women not ... has a 25% failure rate, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Or, because of Zika ...
Local crime trends reflect national rates
The Times - 2/4/2016 8:52:46 PM
Donna pointed out the crime rate across the country rose dramatically between the 1960s and 1980s, largely because of the increased birth rate in the decade after World War II, which resulted in more people entering the “crime prone” age, beginning in ...