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
10 Countries with the Highest Fertility Rates
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/19/2015 3:43:42 AM
Fertility rates – something at which these 10 countries with the highest fertility rates excel, are usually calculated by the average number of children women in a particular country have while still fertile. Having a larger number of children has been ...
What the countries with the highest fertility rates have in common
East Idaho News - 5/18/2015 5:28:05 PM
As Deseret News National reported last week, birth rates in America have dipped fairly low, but that's not the case everywhere. African countries are beating everyone else in terms of fertility rates. According to a new analysis by New Security Beat ...
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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These three countries offer insights into the challenges families face in an aging society
Deseret News - 5/21/2015 12:09:34 PM
"The reason that we chose those countries is that after World War II, demographically ... in part because of the relatively high fertility rate in the U.S. and higher immigration rates." That has meant those who are 65 and older in the two European ...
World Bank Updated Forecast Predicts 2016-17 Kazakh Economic Growth Recovery
astanatimes.com - 5/21/2015 12:52:31 PM
ASTANA –The spring 2015 edition of the biannual Kazakhstan Economic Update of the World Bank titled “Kazakhstan – Low Oil Prices; an Opportunity to Reform” forecasts a positive economic scenario for the country ... a more solid rate of 3.9. To ...
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 ...
UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau
UN News Centre - 5/19/2015 11:53:27 PM
20 May 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported “a substantial increase” in the weekly total of new Ebola ... in at least 35 new countries by 2030. “Between 2000 and 2013, the global malaria mortality rate dropped by 47 per cent ...
Strategic Sourcing in Developing Countries
Spend Matters - 5/20/2015 2:33:55 PM
Exchange rate ... world, on the other hand, poor infrastructure compounds the price of goods, with total landed cost often reaching multiples of unit price and savings from low-cost, distant suppliers being completely eroded. Inherent to many developing ...
Conditions Are Not Improving for Qatar's Desperate World Cup Workers
Vice News - 5/21/2015 11:29:36 PM
A total of 441 migrant workers from India and Nepal ... "It's heartbreaking and so wrong on a human level that in a country that's the wealthiest per capita in the world people are being denied such basic rights which you or I would take for granted ...
Madhya Pradesh struggling to match country's total fertility rate
Times of India - 5/30/2012 12:56:08 AM
BHOPAL: When states like Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab succeeded in controlling the total fertility rate (TFR - the average number of children expected to be born per woman during her reproductive years), Madhya Pradesh continues its struggle to match the ...
Subra: Ageing population poses challenge to country’s health system
The Rakyat Post - 5/19/2015 9:58:55 PM
In many developing countries and less developed nations, people are moving away from traditional extended family structures towards smaller families. “This change in family structure is occurring at a much faster rate than what we, the government ...
World Bank: The trade challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean
Domican Today - 5/19/2015 6:09:51 PM
In fact, China’s share increased by more than 10 percentage points while the share of the other top 20 manufacture exporters from the South - which include Brazil and Chile - increased by only 8 percent in total. What’s more, for some countries in the ...
The man who predicted the financial crisis has some advice for the world’s central banks
Quartz - 5/20/2015 9:26:06 AM
“I fear that in a world ... rate hike in the US, equity markets—especially in India—have been extremely volatile. Rajan also made a case for better coordination among central banks on the monetary policy. “It is not an industrial country problem ...
Banks Plead Guilty Of Rate Rigging, Fined Over $5 Billion
The Inquisitr - 5/20/2015 7:20:15 PM
UBS AG, a Swiss global finance company, will plead guilty to rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor,) a benchmark rate that ... both at home and internationally. Many countries are still recovering from a crisis they hold U.S. banks primarily ...
How low fertility rates, demographic change affect Europe
Technician Online - 1/11/2015 11:26:17 PM
Studies have shown that the reproduction rate needed to maintain a stable labor force and population in developed countries is 2.1 percent, but all of the developed nations expect the United States have a total fertility rate lower than 2.1 percent.