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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.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Total fertility rate bar chart

 

Country NameTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)Year of Estimate
Niger72012
Mali62012
Somalia62012
Uganda62012
Burundi62012
Burkina Faso62012
Zambia62012
Afghanistan62012
Congo, Republic of the62012
Angola62012
Mozambique52012
Ethiopia52012
Nigeria52012
Malawi52012
East Timor52012
Benin52012
Congo, Democratic Republic of the52012
Tanzania52012
Guinea52012
Liberia52012
Sao Tome and Principe52012
Chad52012
Sierra Leone52012
Equatorial Guinea52012
Rwanda52012
Senegal52012
Togo52012
Central African Republic52012
Gabon52012
Madagascar42012
Yemen42012
Guinea-Bissau42012
Eritrea42012
Mauritania42012
Western Sahara42012
Sudan42012
Ghana42012
Gambia, The42012
Cameroon42012
Comoros42012
Kenya42012
Cote d'Ivoire42012
Zimbabwe42012
Iraq42012
Vanuatu42012
Tonga42012
Solomon Islands42012
Papua New Guinea32012
Jordan32012
Guatemala32012
Belize32012
Philippines32012
Samoa32012
Tuvalu32012
Pakistan32012
Laos32012
Nauru32012
Swaziland32012
Honduras32012
Haiti32012
Egypt32012
Bolivia32012
Lesotho32012
Oman32012
Tajikistan32012
Syria32012
Algeria32012
Cambodia32012
Kyrgyzstan32012
Kiribati32012
Israel32012
Malaysia32012
Djibouti32012
Kuwait32012
India32012
Fiji32012
Bangladesh32012
Botswana22012
Cape Verde22012
Panama22012
Nepal22012
Kazakhstan22012
Dominican Republic22012
Namibia22012
Venezuela22012
United Arab Emirates22012
Ecuador22012
Argentina22012
Peru22012
South Africa22012
Guyana22012
Mexico22012
Saudi Arabia22012
Indonesia22012
Burma22012
Morocco22012
Mongolia22012
Sri Lanka22012
Grenada22012
Turkmenistan22012
Turkey22012
Bhutan22012
Colombia22012
Libya22012
Jamaica22012
Greenland22012
France22012
Suriname22012
Nicaragua22012
New Zealand22012
Paraguay22012
Dominica22012
United States22012
Antigua and Barbuda22012
El Salvador22012
New Caledonia22012
Tunisia22012
Korea, North22012
Ireland22012
Bahamas, The22012
Qatar22012
Azerbaijan22012
Costa Rica22012
United Kingdom22012
Seychelles22012
Vietnam22012
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines22012
Iceland22012
Iran22012
Chile22012
Cayman Islands22012
Uruguay22012
Uzbekistan22012
Bahrain22012
Brunei22012
Brazil22012
Saint Lucia22012
Saint Kitts and Nevis22012
Netherlands22012
Mauritius22012
Norway22012
Luxembourg22012
Australia22012
Lebanon22012
Denmark22012
Finland22012
Palau22012
Trinidad and Tobago22012
Liechtenstein22012
Barbados22012
Sweden22012
Thailand22012
Belgium22012
Puerto Rico22012
Russia22012
Canada22012
Macedonia22012
Moldova22012
China22012
Malta22012
Switzerland22012
Monaco22012
Portugal22012
Albania12012
Spain12012
San Marino12012
Georgia12012
Cuba12012
Belarus12012
Estonia12012
Croatia12012
Bulgaria12012
Austria12012
Germany12012
Hungary12012
Italy12012
Serbia12012
Japan12012
Greece12012
Armenia12012
Slovakia12012
Andorra12012
Latvia12012
Poland12012
Slovenia12012
Romania12012
Ukraine12012
Lithuania12012
Czech Republic12012
Bosnia and Herzegovina12012
Korea, South12012
Taiwan12012
Hong Kong12012
Macau12012
Singapore12012
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