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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Total fertility rate varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Total fertility rate bar chart

 

Country NameTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)Year of Estimate
France22014
Turkey22014
Ireland22014
United Kingdom22014
Sweden22014
Iceland22014
Norway22014
Netherlands22014
Luxembourg22014
Finland22014
Denmark22014
Liechtenstein22014
Belgium22014
Macedonia22014
Moldova22014
Malta22014
Switzerland22014
Portugal22014
Monaco22014
Albania22014
San Marino12014
Spain12014
Belarus12014
Estonia12014
Croatia12014
Bulgaria12014
Austria12014
Czech Republic12014
Germany12014
Italy12014
Hungary12014
Serbia12014
Greece12014
Slovakia12014
Andorra12014
Latvia12014
Slovenia12014
Poland12014
Romania12014
Ukraine12014
Lithuania12014
Bosnia and Herzegovina12014