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
Childless couples leading to shrinking populations
Christian Examiner - 4/28/2015 2:02:44 PM
The result is couples are not having babies as evidenced by a 1.4 total fertility rate for the country -- which means the population will drop from 127 million today to about 84 million by 2060 and as low as 42 million in 2110. China, now the world's most ...
Low birth rate: Claims about the decline of the West are exaggerated
Science Codex - 4/27/2015 11:26:26 AM
Countries in the developing world, however, are facing a variety of different ... trends that are 'more stable and sustainable than supposed' (with total fertility rates between 1.8-2.1). In countries such as the UK, robust birth rates combined with ...
Burkina Faso: World Bank Approves Additional Financing to Improve Reproductive Health
AllAfrica - 4/22/2015 11:56:50 PM
Washington — The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors ... boost shared prosperity in Burkina Faso". The six Sahelian countries supported by this project have the highest fertility rates in the sub-region. Given that most the people in these ...
Country Focus: Turkey
Gas World - 4/28/2015 9:37:53 AM
This is up from $104 million in 2004, indicating a rather impressive average annual growth rate of 11.9% for the ... sector for industrial gas in the country. The metallurgical sector accounted for approximately 22% of total sales, mostly related to ...
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 ...
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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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 ...
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 ...
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 wealthy countries anymore. Birthrates have fallen in Thailand in recent years, making it one of the poorest countries facing the prospect of shrinking labor pools and an aging ...
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 ...
Sustainability is Key to Fight World's Food Crisis Amid Drought, Floods
AccuWeather - 4/28/2015 7:36:11 AM
Floods and other agriculturally devastating events also cause up to 39 percent of total agricultural production losses ... to threaten food security and increase poverty rates around the world. "Soils are essential for achieving food security and nutrition ...
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 ...
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 ...
Six reasons for rising obesity rates in the developed world
The Peninsula - 4/27/2015 9:42:03 PM
The number of obese people in the world has more than doubled since 1980. While millions of people in the world’s poorest countries die from a basic lack ... The implications of increasing obesity rates are serious. Many health experts believe obesity ...