Definition: This entry gives a figure for the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate (TFR) is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population change in the country. A rate of two children per woman is considered the replacement rate for a population, resulting in relative stability in terms of total numbers. Rates above two children indicate populations growing in size and whose median age is declining. Higher rates may also indicate difficulties for families, in some situations, to feed and educate their children and for women to enter the labor force. Rates below two children indicate populations decreasing in size and growing older. Global fertility rates are in general decline and this trend is most pronounced in industrialized countries, especially Western Europe, where populations are projected to decline dramatically over the next 50 years.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Total fertility rate map
'The economy of new drivers and old drags': The World Bank has a few words for Lebanon
Al Bawaba - 4/26/2015 3:45:20 PM
For instance, Lebanon slipped further in 2015 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, ranking 104 out of 189 countries compared ... Harake said that the total public debt continued rising in 2014 but at a slower rate, reaching 145.7 percent ...
The world is expected to become more religious — not less
Washington Post - 4/24/2015 9:42:38 AM
But those countries also have populations that are shrinking as a share of the world’s population. Pew projects Muslims to increase by 73 percent in population size from 2010 to 2050. If trends continue, Muslims, who have the highest fertility rate ...
World Malaria Day: Nigeria Ranks Highest In Death Rate – US
Leadership - 4/26/2015 12:43:23 AM
As the world marked World Malaria Day, the United States (US), yesterday, said an estimated 100 million malaria cases and about 300,000 deaths each year make Nigeria the country with the ... attributed the high rate of death by malaria to the widespread ...
Countries spending the most on war
USA Today - 4/25/2015 8:29:51 AM
The 97.4% growth in spending since 2005 was one of the largest growth rates ... of all countries. In 2014, per capita spending was $964, 11th highest in the world. Overall, French military spending fell 3.2% from third highest in 2005, as total spending ...
Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group
Pew Research Center - 4/22/2015 11:56:50 PM
The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the ... This, combined with high fertility rates, will accelerate Muslim population growth. More than a third of Muslims are concentrated in Africa and the Middle East ...
Denmark’s reign as the world’s happiest country over
Copenhagen Post - 4/24/2015 8:45:22 AM
The report compared happiness levels from before and after the financial crisis, and on this list Denmark ranks 108th out of the total 125 countries ... This year’s World Happiness Report is the third such report attempting to rate happiness as a ...
Birth rate static, child mortality rate declines
The Daily Star - 4/26/2015 7:02:46 AM
The country ... in birth rate since 2011 in an over-populated country of nearly 160 millions to the almost static contraceptive usage. They also pointed out very high birth rates in Chittagong and Sylhet divisions. While the total fertility rates in ...
Liberia: World Bank Provides New Financing for Ebola Country
AllAfrica - 4/20/2015 1:43:36 PM
The World Bank Group or WBG ... important differences among the three countries are emerging. The new report finds that Sierra Leone is now facing a severe recession with the potential for an unprecedented -23.5% growth rate in 2015, resulting from ...
Total Fertility Rates of Adherents of Other Religions, by Country
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Project - 4/1/2015 11:53:06 PM
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The world’s biggest military spenders
businesstech.co.za - 4/23/2015 6:16:13 AM
The world leader’s military budget is bigger than the next seven countries combined, and accounts for almost 35% of the world total. Despite this ... but at a slower rate. While South Africa is not specifically mentioned by the 2014 report, the country ...
Should China's 'Dynamic Growth' Model Serve Other Countries Economic Aspirations?
Economy Watch - 4/24/2015 5:35:04 PM
China holds the economic heft of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In 2012 it accounted for 67 percent of total BRICS trade with the world, and 56 percent ... stable and competitive exchange rates, low interest rates ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
... rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the replacement rate—with Hispanic immigrants ...
Switzerland Tops The List Of The World’s Happiest Countries
morningledger.com - 4/24/2015 8:41:11 PM
Aren’t you just a bit curious which countries are the happiest in the world? Now, thanks to the World Happiness ... “We found that their heart rate and self-reported stress level during the ‘performance’ was lower when they immediately prior ...
Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries
Wall Street Journal - 3/18/2014 11:58:46 PM
BAAN TAM TA KEM, Thailand—Slumping fertility rates aren't just a problem for ... note that already more than half the world's population lives in aging countries where the fertility rate is less than 2.1 children per woman—the rate required to replace ...
Madhya Pradesh struggling to match country's total fertility rate
Times of India - 5/30/2012 12:56:08 AM
Kerala and Punjab succeeded in controlling the total fertility rate (TFR - the average number of children expected to be born per woman during her reproductive years), Madhya Pradesh continues its struggle to match the country's average TFR of 2.5 ...