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, 2014See also: Total fertility rate map
Expert urges voluntary family planning to mitigate climate change
Phys - 5/27/2016 3:11:09 PM
He points out that 45% of the world lives in areas where total fertility rates range from 2.1 to 5, and 9% where they exceed 5. In the 48 countries designated by the United Nations as least developed, population is projected to triple by 2100. The UN's ...
Fertility Rate is Collapsing in Many Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 9/4/2013 8:16:04 AM
I write about this every now and then, because the human fertility rate is falling faster then most demographers expect. Using the CIA Factbook for data, the present total fertility rate for the world is ... the satellite countries of the former Soviet ...
‘Demographic dividend’ is under way with collapse in fertility
The Economic Times - 5/26/2016 6:36:57 AM
It also adds to the likelihood that world population will peak a lot sooner than is widely believed. According to recently released Sample Registration System data, the country’s total fertility rate (TFR) stood at 2.3 in 2013. TFR is the average number ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
... the reproduction 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 ...
World report on fertility treatments reveals high use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection
Medical Xpress - 5/21/2016 8:30:15 AM
The report includes data from nearly 2,500 ART clinics from between 58 and 61 countries in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, and it is the first time the report has included all regions of the world ... half the multiple birth rate when compared with fresh ...
Which is the world's fastest-growing major religion?
weforum.org - 5/20/2016 9:43:01 AM
In fact, most of the ... s total population by 2050, though their numbers are increasing in more secular nations such as France and the United States. The increase in followers of major religions will be, in large part, due to fertility rates and the ...
Xi Jinping urges China’s leaders to deal with ageing population challenge
The Irish Times - 5/31/2016 9:11:29 PM
The number of those aged 60 or older has just passed 220 million people, or 16 per cent of the total population ... to come from the world’s emerging countries, but the issue in China has been exacerbated by low fertility rates. In order to address ...
Japan’s fertility rate rose slightly last year, but deaths were also up
Japan Times - 5/23/2016 12:52:44 PM
Japan’s total fertility rate climbed 0.04 point to 1.46 in 2015 ... topping the number of newborns for the ninth straight year. The country’s natural population decrease logged a postwar high of 284,772 as a result. The average lifetime birthrate ...
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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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 ...
Zika: Which European Countries Are At Risk?
Sky News HD - 5/18/2016 4:40:34 PM
The two most popular foreign countries ... Statistics. Its list of the 10 most visited overseas countries by Britons includes two more - Italy and Greece - that have been put in the "moderate" risk category by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A total ...
Abortion rates are declining is developing countries worldwide. What’s the cause?
Washington Post - 5/14/2016 9:28:40 AM
In fact, in developed countries around the world ... rate down with it. That news that won’t likely be accepted with glee among those who want to eliminate abortion rights in the United States. It’s rare to find support for increased access to birth ...
Diagnosing India’s growing health problem
Live Mint - 5/31/2016 3:24:54 AM
However, with respect to meeting its potential health outcomes and relative performance, the country has faltered ... there is a 63% difference in infant mortality rates and 44% difference in total fertility rates of rural and urban areas in India.
Nine innovations to improve early brain development in the developing world -- helping kids thrive
Eurek Alert - 5/19/2016 9:04:14 PM
The investments total up to CDN $4.2 million ... with relevance to other low- and middle-income countries with high low birth weight infant mortality rates. Earlier in May, the World Bank announced that a US$2 million contribution to the Development ...
Turkey's Demographic Winter and Erdogan's Duplicity
AINA - 6/1/2016 1:43:30 AM
Iran, whose fertility rate fell from 7 children per female in 1979 to less than 1.8 today, has the fastest-aging population of any country in the world. Turkey has an average total fertility rate of 2.18, or just at replacement, but the split between ...