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
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Billboard - 2/27/2015 1:33:41 PM
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Newsbug Information - 2/28/2015 11:59:26 AM
BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second ... will vary depending on a country's exposure to China. In the U.S., Bryson said most people won't notice the impact at all. While U.S. exports to China total about $100 billion ...
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New Zealand Herald - 2/17/2015 11:03:53 PM
New Zealand's fertility rate has dropped below two births per woman for the first time in a decade, officially ending a "baby blip" that peaked in 2008 just before the global recession hit. Statistics NZ says the country's total fertility rate - the number ...
China to cut interest rates by 0.25%: PBoC
MENAFN - 3/1/2015 9:13:37 AM
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) China's central bank yesterday announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth in the world's second ... state of the country's economy.
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 ...
Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries
Wall Street Journal - 3/20/2014 5:48:20 AM
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 ...
Report: China loaned $22 billion to Latin America in 2014, as countries' economies slipped
FOX News - 2/26/2015 3:22:14 PM
That annual loan total is the second highest in a decade, behind only 2010, and surpassed combined loans to the region from multilateral lenders the World ... rate was lower than in past booms," Gallagher said. "The South American resource countries ...
World Cup 2015: Star India hikes ad rates after India's performance
Economic Times - 2/27/2015 1:09:13 AM
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The Huffington Post - 1/31/2012 6:38:53 AM
Data from the OECD is readily available online and makes for a great data source for cross-country comparisons. Population projections and total fertility rates for this article came from the World Population Prospects 2010. GDP per capita estimates were ...
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Science 2.0 - 2/28/2015 3:05:33 PM
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China's central bank cuts rates again
ABC 10 News - 2/28/2015 6:47:27 PM
The People's Bank of China announced a rate cut on one-year ... will vary depending on a country's exposure to China. In the U.S., Bryson said most people won't notice the impact at all. While U.S. exports to China total about $100 billion a year, he ...
UAE healthcare firm buys $163m stake in Spanish fertility clinic
Arabian Business - 2/28/2015 9:50:35 AM
According to a report by the World Health Organisation in 2010, fertility rates in all six Gulf countries dropped significantly between 1990 and 2008. In the UAE particularly, a UN report said the Arab state had one of the fastest declining birth rates in ...
Some Highly Developed Countries See Increased Fertility
Washington Post - 8/9/2009 11:56:23 PM
sometimes far below the replacement rate in some of the world's most highly developed nations, such as Japan, South Korea, Germany, Spain and Italy. "There was a consensus that as countries develop, become richer and provide more education, that fertility ...
PNG high fertility rate needs addressing - NGO
Radio New Zealand - 3/1/2015 7:57:51 PM
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Bleacher Report - 2/27/2015 2:23:47 PM
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