Fertility rate, total (births per woman) - Country Ranking

Definition: Total fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with age-specific fertility rates of the specified year.

Source: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects: 2019 Revision. (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (4) United Nations Statistical Division. Popu

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Niger 7.00 2017
2 Somalia 6.17 2017
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.02 2017
4 Mali 5.97 2017
5 Chad 5.85 2017
6 Angola 5.60 2017
7 Burundi 5.50 2017
8 Nigeria 5.46 2017
9 The Gambia 5.28 2017
10 Burkina Faso 5.27 2017
11 Uganda 5.10 2017
12 Tanzania 4.95 2017
13 Mozambique 4.92 2017
14 Benin 4.91 2017
15 Central African Republic 4.80 2017
16 Guinea 4.78 2017
17 Zambia 4.72 2017
18 Côte d'Ivoire 4.70 2017
19 Senegal 4.70 2017
20 Cameroon 4.64 2017
21 Afghanistan 4.63 2017
22 Mauritania 4.62 2017
23 Equatorial Guinea 4.60 2017
24 Guinea-Bissau 4.55 2017
25 Congo 4.48 2017
26 Sudan 4.47 2017
27 Solomon Islands 4.43 2017
28 Liberia 4.39 2017
29 Togo 4.38 2017
30 São Tomé and Principe 4.37 2017
31 Sierra Leone 4.36 2017
32 Ethiopia 4.35 2017
33 Malawi 4.30 2017
34 Comoros 4.28 2017
35 Madagascar 4.13 2017
36 Eritrea 4.11 2017
37 Timor-Leste 4.09 2017
38 Rwanda 4.09 2017
39 Gabon 4.01 2017
40 Samoa 3.93 2017
40 Ghana 3.93 2017
42 Yemen 3.89 2017
43 Vanuatu 3.82 2017
44 Iraq 3.76 2017
45 Zimbabwe 3.71 2017
46 Seychelles 3.63 2017
47 Kiribati 3.61 2017
47 Papua New Guinea 3.61 2017
49 Tajikistan 3.61 2017
50 Tonga 3.60 2017
51 Kenya 3.57 2017
52 Pakistan 3.56 2017
53 Namibia 3.45 2017
54 Egypt 3.37 2017
55 Lesotho 3.17 2017
56 Israel 3.11 2017
57 Algeria 3.05 2017
58 Eswatini 3.02 2017
59 Kyrgyz Republic 3.00 2017
60 Haiti 2.99 2017
61 Guatemala 2.92 2017
61 Oman 2.92 2017
63 Mongolia 2.91 2017
64 Botswana 2.91 2017
65 Jordan 2.85 2017
66 Syrian Arab Republic 2.85 2017
67 Turkmenistan 2.84 2017
68 Fiji 2.79 2017
69 Djibouti 2.79 2017
70 Bolivia 2.78 2017
71 Kazakhstan 2.73 2017
72 Lao PDR 2.71 2017
73 Philippines 2.64 2017
74 Cambodia 2.53 2017
75 Honduras 2.50 2017
76 Panama 2.49 2017
77 Guyana 2.49 2017
78 Uzbekistan 2.46 2017
79 Paraguay 2.45 2017
80 Ecuador 2.45 2017
80 Morocco 2.45 2017
82 Suriname 2.44 2017
83 South Africa 2.43 2017
83 Nicaragua 2.43 2017
85 Saudi Arabia 2.37 2017
86 Dominican Republic 2.37 2017
87 Belize 2.35 2017
88 Indonesia 2.34 2017
89 Cabo Verde 2.31 2017
90 Venezuela 2.29 2017
91 Libya 2.28 2017
92 Argentina 2.28 2017
92 Peru 2.28 2017
94 India 2.24 2017
95 Tunisia 2.22 2017
96 Palau 2.21 2015
97 Sri Lanka 2.21 2017
98 Myanmar 2.17 2017
99 Mexico 2.16 2017
100 Iran 2.12 2017
101 St. Kitts and Nevis 2.11 2002
102 Lebanon 2.10 2017
103 Greenland 2.09 2017
104 Grenada 2.08 2017
104 Kuwait 2.08 2017
106 Turkey 2.08 2017
107 Georgia 2.06 2017
107 Bangladesh 2.06 2017
109 El Salvador 2.06 2017
110 Vietnam 2.04 2017
111 Malaysia 2.02 2017
112 Bahrain 2.01 2017
113 Antigua and Barbuda 2.00 2017
114 Bhutan 1.99 2017
115 Jamaica 1.99 2017
116 Uruguay 1.98 2017
117 New Caledonia 1.97 2017
118 Nepal 1.97 2017
119 France 1.92 2017
120 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 1.91 2017
120 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1.91 2017
122 Dominica 1.90 2003
122 Azerbaijan 1.90 2017
124 Qatar 1.89 2017
125 Brunei 1.88 2017
126 Sweden 1.85 2017
127 Colombia 1.83 2017
128 Ireland 1.81 2017
128 New Zealand 1.81 2017
130 Denmark 1.79 2017
130 United Kingdom 1.79 2017
132 Costa Rica 1.77 2017
133 United States 1.77 2017
134 Australia 1.77 2017
135 The Bahamas 1.76 2017
135 Russia 1.76 2017
137 Armenia 1.75 2017
138 Iceland 1.74 2017
138 Latvia 1.74 2017
140 Brazil 1.74 2017
140 Trinidad and Tobago 1.74 2017
142 Montenegro 1.74 2017
143 Norway 1.71 2017
144 Lithuania 1.69 2017
145 China 1.68 2017
146 Belgium 1.68 2017
147 Chile 1.68 2017
148 Netherlands 1.66 2017
149 Romania 1.64 2017
150 Albania 1.64 2017
151 Cuba 1.64 2017
152 Czech Republic 1.63 2017
153 Barbados 1.62 2017
154 Liechtenstein 1.61 2017
155 Estonia 1.60 2017
156 Slovenia 1.58 2017
157 Germany 1.57 2017
158 Belarus 1.54 2017
159 Switzerland 1.54 2017
159 Bulgaria 1.54 2017
161 Thailand 1.53 2017
162 Austria 1.53 2017
162 Hungary 1.53 2017
164 North Macedonia 1.50 2017
165 Canada 1.50 2017
166 Finland 1.49 2017
167 Slovak Republic 1.48 2017
168 Serbia 1.46 2017
169 United Arab Emirates 1.45 2017
169 St. Lucia 1.45 2017
171 Mauritius 1.44 2017
172 Japan 1.43 2017
173 Croatia 1.42 2017
174 Luxembourg 1.41 2017
175 Poland 1.39 2017
176 Greece 1.38 2017
177 Ukraine 1.37 2017
178 Malta 1.37 2017
179 Portugal 1.36 2017
180 Spain 1.34 2017
180 Italy 1.34 2017
182 Cyprus 1.34 2017
183 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.28 2017
184 Andorra 1.27 2010
185 San Marino 1.26 2012
186 Moldova 1.26 2017
187 Macao SAR, China 1.21 2017
188 Singapore 1.16 2017
189 Hong Kong SAR, China 1.13 2017
190 Puerto Rico 1.10 2017
191 Korea 1.05 2017

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Development Relevance: Reproductive health is a state of physical and mental well-being in relation to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Means of achieving reproductive health include education and services during pregnancy and childbirth, safe and effective contraception, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries.

Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Total fertility rates are based on data on registered live births from vital registration systems or, in the absence of such systems, from censuses or sample surveys. The estimated rates are generally considered reliable measures of fertility in the recent past. Where no empirical information on age-specific fertility rates is available, a model is used to estimate the share of births to adolescents. For countries without vital registration systems fertility rates are generally based on extrapolations from trends observed in censuses or surveys from earlier years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: it can indicate the status of women within households and a woman’s decision about the number and spacing of children.