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
Ghana must improve contraceptive growth rates – Philomena Nyarko
Spy Ghana - 5/23/2015 1:47:24 PM
Dr Philomena Nyarko, Government Statistician has expressed the need for Ghana to do more to improve contraceptive growth rates (CPR), in light of the increase in total fertility rates ... has implications for a country’s development thus the need ...
Ghana gearing up to improve contraceptive growth rate
Ghana News Agency - 5/23/2015 6:33:44 PM
Accra, May 23, GNA - Dr Philomena Nyarko, Government Statistician has expressed the need for Ghana to do more to improve contraceptive growth rates (CPR), in light of the increase in total fertility rates ... implications for a country’s development ...
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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World Bank: Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis'
YNET News - 5/22/2015 5:41:50 AM
The World Bank ... of neighboring countries, ways have to be found to drastically improve access to construction materials in Gaza," the report said. Israel controls two of the three land crossings into Gaza and maintains a total air and sea blockade ...
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 ...
World Bank Updated Forecast Predicts 2016-17 Kazakh Economic Growth Recovery
astanatimes.com - 5/22/2015 3:35:58 PM
ASTANA –The spring 2015 edition of the biannual Kazakhstan Economic Update of the World Bank titled “Kazakhstan – Low Oil Prices; an Opportunity to Reform” forecasts a positive economic scenario for the country ... a more solid rate of 3.9. To ...
Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank
Yahoo News - 5/22/2015 4:30:15 AM
Jerusalem (AFP) - The Gaza Strip has the ... countries, ways have to be found to drastically improve access to construction materials in Gaza," the report said. Israel controls two of the three land crossings into Gaza and maintains a total air and sea ...
These three countries offer insights into the challenges families face in an aging society
Deseret News - 5/21/2015 12:09:34 PM
"The reason that we chose those countries is that after World War II, demographically ... in part because of the relatively high fertility rate in the U.S. and higher immigration rates." That has meant those who are 65 and older in the two European ...
Ireland becomes first country to leagalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
Daily News and Analysis - 5/23/2015 11:52:52 AM
The total turnout was 60.5% Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country ... and every LGBT young person in the world." Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who revealed ...
Madhya Pradesh struggling to match country's total fertility rate
Times of India - 5/30/2012 12:56:08 AM
BHOPAL: When states like Rajasthan, 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 ...
Nordic nations at top on gender equality: World Economic Forum rankings
Economic Times - 5/22/2015 10:49:38 AM
OSLO/STOCKHOLM: Nordic nations are at the top when it comes to gender equality, according to the World Economic ... employment rates, narrows pay inequalities and generates family lifestyles that are the envy of those living in countries with a more ...
How low fertility rates, demographic change affect Europe
Technician Online - 1/11/2015 11:26:17 PM
the total fertility rate has fallen more than 50 percent, to 1.48 children per female, which is one of the world’s lowest birth rate. The low birth rate and the rapid aging of population threaten the labor force and the economy. Countries such as Spain ...
World Bank agrees to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion over 5 years
brandonsun.com - 5/22/2015 11:39:45 AM
TIRANA, Albania - The World Bank has agreed to lend Albania up to $1.2 billion ... infrastructure projects and strengthening the private sector in Albania. The country suffers from rapidly rising public debt, which has reached 70 per cent of gross domestic ...
The world is just not prepared for another financial crisis
Rediff India Abroad - 5/22/2015 5:20:21 AM
If another hits soon, the world has no tools left to deal with ... to normalise financial conditions has been the near total absence of inflation globally. The Fed has never raised interest rates with headline inflation as low as today.
World Bank Supports Increased Access to Reproductive Health and Nutrition Services for Women and Children in Niger
The World Bank - 5/23/2015 1:01:28 AM
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 — The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive ... is higher than in most other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Niger’s fertility rate (now at 7.6 children per woman) has increased over the past five years and is the highest ...