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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
For Halloween, the 10 scariest economic charts in the world
Quartz - 10/31/2014 3:58:59 AM
The world’s largest share of over-65s as a share of population, an incredibly low fertility rate, and a daunting debt burden are ... too late for the government to do anything about it. The country relies heavily on property to prop up economic growth ...
Danish Schools to Encourage Students to Have Babies as Birth Rate Plummets
Breitbart News - 10/29/2014 9:37:47 AM
Although the total population is continuing to rise, this is because of significant immigration inflating figures, and expensive fertility treatment ... Denmark isn’t the only country facing a declining birth rate, although approaches to the problem ...
World Bank Pledges $100 Million to Fight Ebola in West Africa
Wall Street Journal - 10/30/2014 12:06:56 PM
Both the IMF and the World Bank ... fragile African countries. The worst economic damage, however, has largely been wrought through fear of contagion, not infection itself. If the outbreak is contained quickly, the bank estimated, the total hit to the ...
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 ...
Cuba tries to drive up fertility amid baby slump
The News & Observer - 10/29/2014 7:24:46 PM
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 ...
Innovative Fertility Research with Next Generation Sequencing to Support Higher IVF Success Rates and Fewer Miscarriages
Yahoo Finance - 10/29/2014 12:51:04 PM
... center in the world to have developed a system of unprecedented accuracy, fully validated through years of rigorous clinical research. The fertility experts at RMANJ have among the highest IVF success rates in the country. Since 1999, they have ...
Israel has the 4th highest child poverty rate among developed nations, UNICEF
Ya Libnan - 10/29/2014 7:24:46 PM
bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to some 76.5 million. According to the findings, in 2013 Israel had a poverty rate of 35.6% after Spain, Latvia, and Greece – three countries that were hard hit by the 2008 ...
Why the World Doesn’t ‘Make in India’
The Diplomat - 9/27/2014 2:19:07 PM
With those words, Modi was trying to make the case for turning India into the world’s next great manufacturing ... the decade to 2011 – and (despite falling fertility rates) a rise of nearly 50% in the total number of inhabitants is unavoidable.”
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 ...
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 ...
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak
Philadelphia Daily News - 10/30/2014 1:54:18 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 ...
World Savings Day: Banking On Zambia
Sky News HD - 10/31/2014 5:10:34 AM
World ... rate is less than 1%. The interest rate is decided collectively, and all the flows of money are carefully documented and signed off. The benefits are plain to see. Kelvin Mbuzi is 24 and thinks one day he could be president of his native ...