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
South Korea ‘can go extinct’ by 2750 if low fertility rate remains
Channel News Asia - 8/25/2014 3:19:44 PM
But the population could fall to 20 million by the end of the century, if the country's fertility rate remains at the same level as in 2013. South Korea's total fertility rate is one of the world's lowest, and only Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau ...
Could South Korea's Low Birth Rate Really Mean Extinction?
NBC News - 8/27/2014 8:53:48 PM
The country currently has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, leading only Hong Kong ... The country’s population at the time was a reflection of this, with a total fertility rate of more than six children per woman. Worried that the rate ...
South Koreans Dying Off? Study Says Country's Population Could Disappear by 2750
HNGN - 8/26/2014 3:04:14 PM
Share This Story According to newspaper Chosun Ilbo, that number is well below the required fertility rate to sustain the country's current population ... This would make it the world's first national group to become extinct. However, the simulation ...
Fertility Rate is Collapsing in Many Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 9/4/2013 11:57:59 AM
Using the CIA Factbook for data, the present total fertility rate for the world is 2.45 births per woman that survives ... India, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, etc… fewer women means a lower growth rate, and unhappier societies ...
Taiwan turning to assisted reproduction subsidies to boost fertility
Taiwan News - 8/27/2014 10:52:30 AM
... year's World Factbook, published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, ranked Taiwan third from the bottom of 224 countries with a total fertility rate of 1.11, ahead of only Macau (0.93) and Singapore (0.8). (By Lung Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)
Check Out The 20 Least Fertile Countries In Europe
The Business Insider - 11/1/2011 1:24:28 AM
As the world's population hits 7 billion, Europe's population is becoming older. Looking at a list of total fertility rates for every country reveals a cluster of European nations near the bottom. Total fertility rate, as a statistic, measures the amount ...
Fertility rates affected by global economic crisis
Terra Daily - 7/5/2011 2:12:33 AM
The recent global economic recession has brought to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the developed world since the 1960s. Of the 27 countries of the European Union, fertility rates increased in 26 countries in 2008 (with stagnation ...
Fertility rates climb back up in the most developed countries
ScienceBlogs - 8/4/2009 11:55:09 PM
but many parts of the world are experiencing serious falls in fertility. A country’s fertility rate is the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime. In most developed countries, it needs to be 2.1 or higher if the number of newborns ...
Russia's Total Fertility Rate Is Rapidly Converging With America's
Forbes - 8/17/2014 11:57:28 PM
In the long term any country’s demographic trajectory is ultimately reliant on its Total Fertility Rate (TFR) the number of children born ... low TFR it can have the best healthcare in the entire world and nothing will prevent its population from collapsing.
What you can tell about a country’s future by looking at its gender balance
THE CONVERSATION - 8/28/2014 4:03:18 AM
In Russia, Ukraine and some former Eastern bloc countries ... rate plunged from 2.2 births per woman in 1987 to 1.17 in 1991 (the replacement level of fertility is 2.1). It has since recovered to around 1.3, but that is still among the lowest in the world.
Shanghai, Beijing have lowest fertility rates in the world
Hindustan Times - 5/1/2012 5:58:23 PM
Behind the gleaming skyscrapers of Shanghai and Beijing lies an uneasy truth: the two cities possibly have the lowest total fertility rates (TFR) in the world. Coupled with the fact the country’s TFR (the average number of children a woman will have in ...
South Korea ‘To Go Extinct By 2750’
Pakistan Defence - 8/26/2014 11:58:07 AM
South Korea’s fertility rate is so low that the country’s population could go the way of the ... Making things worse, South Korea has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates, well below the replacement fertility rate of 2.1 children.
India Witnesses Biggest Demographic Change, Contributed By Declining Fertility Rates
Silicon India - 9/12/2013 10:44:04 AM
Bangalore: India which is the second most populous country in the world ... Sciences said, "The fertility rate has declined and hence the children's population has declined, thus reducing that age group's share in the total population.
Underpopulation: Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Life News - 7/4/2012 11:59:08 PM
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 ...
How to Reduce World Fertility
New York Times - 5/16/1985 11:59:15 PM
In third-world countries the goal of such policies should be subplacement fertility, or a total fertility rate of less than two children a couple. That is because in rapidly growing third-world countries, populations would still double even after ...