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
Higher birth rate would ease burden of old-age care: Expert
AsiaOne - 8/1/2015 12:07:05 AM
The falling birth rate, therefore, should draw the attention of the authorities. Last year, the country's young population - from newborns to 14-year-olds - accounted for only 16.5 per cent of the total, which is lower than the world average of 26 per cent ...
India to become the country with the largest population by 2022
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation - 8/3/2015 9:15:54 AM
generate large differences in total population, the report said. In recent years, fertility has declined in almost all parts of the world, while life expectancy has increased significantly in the poorest countries, rising from 56 to 62 since the beginning ...
India to overtake China as world’s most populous nation
Times of India - 8/2/2015 8:41:18 AM
India will overtake China as the world ... fertility rate of 6.11 in 1951. India's higher fertility contributed to the higher population growth. Lastly, the population growth of China in recent years was mainly due to "population momentum" (the population ...
Nigeria To Become World’s Third Largest Country By 2030 – UN Report
Leadership - 7/31/2015 4:54:36 AM
“Most of the projected increase in the world’s population can be attributed to a short list of high-fertility ... countries are expected to exceed 300 million: China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United States. And with the highest 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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Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 4/20/2012 9:57:30 AM
... 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 ...
Asian countries to 'make or break' climate change: Researchers
Channel News Asia - 8/3/2015 4:58:12 AM
Hopes for a breakthrough agreement to limit rising world CO2 emissions are back on the table this year. According to the International Energy Agency’s 2013 Southeast Asia Energy Outlook, the area's total ... for countries with high rates of poverty ...
World Breastfeeding Week 2015: Mothers Breastfeed in Public for the Big Latch On
latinoshealth.com - 8/3/2015 5:55:28 AM
A total of 14,450 mothers from all over the world participated in the "Big Latch On ... The event in China was particularly groundbreaking as the exclusive rate for breastfeeding in the country is staggeringly low. According to the National Health ...
Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets
theguardian.com - 2/13/2015 12:35:43 AM
The number of babies born to both natives and foreigners living in Italy dropped as immigration, which used to support the overall birth rate, tumbled to its lowest ... added the minister. Developed countries the world over are counting the costs of ...
Dawn - 8/3/2015 1:59:15 AM
After the government launched a range of measures aimed at preventing a slump, the National Bureau of Statistics reported ... especially in rural areas. The country has the second largest number of poor in the world after India. Rapid economic growth ...
World Population To Reach Over 11 Billion.. In 2100
24/7 Wall ST - 7/31/2015 6:41:59 AM
Fortunately, the organization put most of its focus on a time-table which was less ambitious in its World ... 48 countries designated by the United Nations as the least developed countries (LDCs), of which 27 are in Africa. Although the growth rate of ...
Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries
Wall Street Journal - 3/18/2014 11:58:46 PM
Demographers such as Michael Teitelbaum at Harvard Law School and Jay Winter, a history professor at Yale University, note that already more than half the world's population lives in aging countries ... show that total fertility rates can be very difficult ...
UN: Serbia to lose 17 percent of population by 2050
InSerbia - 7/31/2015 7:53:34 AM
BELGRADE – Serbia is among 11 countries ... in regions with low birth rate, and the example for it is Europe in which, as estimated, there will be 63 million more deaths than births in the period from 2015 to 2050, as well as a total of 31 million ...
Underpopulation: Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Life News - 7/5/2012 5:06:56 AM
New York, NY (CFAM/LifeNews) — Fertility rates of Muslim populations around the world have almost ... Out of the ten biggest declines in total fertility rates in the post-war era “six have occurred in Muslim-majority countries” say Eberstadt and ...
Ideas for a sustainable world
The Daily Star - 8/3/2015 3:06:39 PM
Altogether 54 countries out of a total of 148 participating nations have independent ... Here again the message is clear: the world has a diverse range of food and food will be available to all if we cut waste and loss, which is currently estimated at ...