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
APNewsBreak: Egypt's birth rate dramatically rises
My Fox Houston - 10/27/2014 3:42:15 AM
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's fertility rate, which has been falling since at least 1980 ... The news raises serious economic concerns for the Arab world's most populous country, whose economy has been staggering since its 2011 revolt. The survey, conducted ...
Global business leaders discuss Seoul’s low birth rate, aging society
The Korea Herald - 10/31/2014 12:27:13 PM
A total ... this country. And I think in the long term that may be the biggest challenge facing Seoul.” Marjorie Yang, the chairwoman of the Esquel Group, a cotton shirt-maker based in Hong Kong, spoke about the relationship between fertility rate ...
The 10 Countries with the Highest Suicide Rates
INSIDER MONKEY - 10/31/2014 9:13:57 AM
Here we present a list of ten countries with the highest suicide rates, according to data from the World Health Organization, in which a country’s rank is determined by its total rate of deaths officially recorded as suicides in the most recent ...
Did Russia Really Boost Its Birthrate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?
Slate - 10/13/2014 6:32:10 PM
... with worries about population decline—birthrates are falling below the replacement fertility rate in nearly every industrialized country in the world. Russia, though, has faced a significantly more dramatic demographic bust than most places. Thanks ...
World population predictions: are we ignoring education?
MercatorNet - 10/30/2014 8:06:32 PM
in order to include the most accurate and up-to-date information on fertility rates, migration, and other demographic variables for each country around the world. The new projections are the first to structure population projections for all countries by ...
Can 11 billion people survive on this planet? (Wait, 11 billion?)
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 10/4/2014 11:57:48 PM
That’s 11 billion people total, according to a new study by ... According to the study, world population projections are based on life expectancy and fertility rates. If either changes, the projections shift. Africa has some of the highest fertility ...
Child Poverty Has Spiked In The Richest Countries Since The Great Recession: Report
The Huffington Post - 10/30/2014 9:58:05 AM
According to a recent UNICEF report, 2.6 million more children fell into poverty in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of impoverished ... in Greece where the child poverty rate hit 40.5 percent two years ago.
Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump
Myrtle Beach Online - 10/30/2014 9:36:36 AM
The country ... a child into the world,” said Maria Isabel de Armas, a childless 31-year-old unemployed waitress. Cuba has long prided itself on care of pregnant women and newborns, and officials often boast of an infant mortality rate lower than ...
Want To Save The World? Doctors Say The Answer Is To Stop Having More Than Two Children!
The Inquisitr - 10/31/2014 7:58:11 PM
But if you look carefully at projections and fertility rates across the world, the population is on track to stabilize this century, almost certainly by 2050.” “In 97 countries, the average [woman] now has fewer than two children. You need about 2.1 ...
Children Are Below Poverty Line Even In World’s Affluent Countries – UNICEF
International Business Times - 10/30/2014 4:07:19 AM
Even the children living in the world's most affluent of countries are sunk below in the poverty line since 2008, a report from UNICEF found. A total of 2.6 million children ... UNICEF warns that with the high rate of unemployment among young people ...
World View: World Health Organization Says Ebola Outbreak is 'in Decline'
Breitbart News - 10/30/2014 7:56:23 AM
Reuters There has been very little Ebola spread out of the three countries in West Africa. This has led me to wonder if perhaps I was missing something. The World Health ... of the growth rate in the number of cases. If you take the total number of ...
World Bank pledges $100m more to fight West Africa's Ebola outbreak
12 WBOY.COM - 10/30/2014 2:58:44 PM
The money, which brings the World Bank's total pledge to more than $500 million, will be used to attract more foreign health care workers to the three hardest-hit countries -- Guinea ... with the highest infection rates," World Bank Group President ...
Imperialism and the Ebola Catastrophe
Global Research - 9/26/2014 12:04:18 PM
These three countries are among the poorest in the world, ranking 161st (Sierra Leone), 176th (Guinea) and 181st (Liberia) in per capita GDP according to the 2013 World Bank listing (185 countries total ... 70 percent mortality rate, the Ebola outbreak ...
Ebola in West Africa: World Bank announces more funds for Ebola flight
THE Health Site - 10/31/2014 4:27:37 AM
With the announcement, the total World Bank ... with the highest infection rates,’ Jim said. This additional financing is also intended to help set up a coordination hub in close cooperation with the three countries, the World Health Organization ...