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
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 ...
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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Total reboot: How to fix Greece's economy
Yahoo News - 8/4/2015 3:34:06 PM
Investment in Greece last year in everything from roads to new offices equaled just 12 percent of economic output, largely a symptom of a lack of confidence in the country's stability. Only three of 124 countries ranked by the World Bank invested a lower ...
Immigrants from conflict-zone countries: an observational comparison study of obstetric outcomes in a low-risk maternity ward in Norway
7th Space - 8/4/2015 12:49:28 PM
This study compared obstetric outcomes between immigrant women originating from conflict-zone countries ... who gave birth in a low-risk setting. Methods: This was a population-based study linking the Medical Birth Registry of Norway to Statistics Norway.
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 ...
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 ...
Frozen eggs give birth to heated debate by celebrities online
ECNS - 8/4/2015 7:48:49 AM
the country's top health body. The only exceptions are women with conditions such as premature ovarian failure, or those undergoing chemo therapies. Freezing eggs solely for preserving or extending fertility is illegal, the regulation states. This ...
World population to peak by 2055: report
CNBC - 9/9/2013 11:52:03 AM
The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people in ... South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) -- the average number of live births per woman over ...
Costa Rica homicides increase by 50 percent, reach “epidemic” levels
Inside Costa Rica - 8/4/2015 4:17:03 PM
That figure is a new record for the country. Using data for the past 12 months – from June 2014 to June of this year – Costa Rica’s homicide rate now stands at 12.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes a homicide ...
Korea's Total Fertility Rate Still Near the Bottom of the World
CHOSUNILBO - 11/17/2011 12:44:01 AM
Korea's total fertility rate ranks 217th among 222 countries this year with a mere 1.23 babies per woman, according to the 2011 CIA World Factbook quoted by the Korea Development Institute on Wednesday. The fertility rate is the average number of children ...
15 GIFs That Show How The World's Population Will Be Totally Different In The Year 2100
The Business Insider - 9/9/2013 5:21:20 PM
The world is getting older, developed countries especially. Even in emerging markets like Brazil, the total fertility rate has dropped from 6.2 live ... 8.7 billion before declining to eight billion by 2100. Now, thanks to coder Martin De Wulf and ...
S'pore must up fertility rate now, or else
AsiaOne - 5/4/2012 3:21:30 AM
Singapore must increase its total fertility rate between now and 2015, or the country's labour force will shrink to the ... a liveable city with social compactness, and not just a world-class city that attracts talent. Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean ...
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 ...
India records population of 127,42,39,769; growing at a rate of 1.6 per cent a year
The Economic Times - 7/11/2015 7:15:50 PM
NEW DELHI: India today recorded a population of 127,42,39,769, which is growing at a rate of 1.6 per cent a year, and could make the country the most populous in the world by 2050 ... to data from NPSF, the total fertility rate (TFR) in India has seen ...
Family Values and Fertility Rates
American Thinker - 4/9/2015 6:11:21 AM
25-54 years [old]" and the total fertility rate (TFR) among a list of 16 selected countries – and using 2010 data. Leaving out Turkey – the nation with the lowest female employment rate – doesn't help the case of the anti-family value side.