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

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 Afghanistan 4.63 2017
2 Timor-Leste 4.09 2017
3 Yemen 3.89 2017
4 Iraq 3.76 2017
5 Tajikistan 3.61 2017
6 Pakistan 3.56 2017
7 Israel 3.11 2017
8 Kyrgyz Republic 3.00 2017
9 Oman 2.92 2017
10 Mongolia 2.91 2017
11 Jordan 2.85 2017
12 Syrian Arab Republic 2.85 2017
13 Turkmenistan 2.84 2017
14 Kazakhstan 2.73 2017
15 Lao PDR 2.71 2017
16 Philippines 2.64 2017
17 Cambodia 2.53 2017
18 Uzbekistan 2.46 2017
19 Saudi Arabia 2.37 2017
20 Indonesia 2.34 2017
21 India 2.24 2017
22 Sri Lanka 2.21 2017
23 Myanmar 2.17 2017
24 Iran 2.12 2017
25 Lebanon 2.10 2017
26 Kuwait 2.08 2017
27 Turkey 2.08 2017
28 Georgia 2.06 2017
28 Bangladesh 2.06 2017
30 Vietnam 2.04 2017
31 Malaysia 2.02 2017
32 Bahrain 2.01 2017
33 Bhutan 1.99 2017
34 Nepal 1.97 2017
35 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 1.91 2017
36 Azerbaijan 1.90 2017
37 Qatar 1.89 2017
38 Brunei 1.88 2017
39 Russia 1.76 2017
40 Armenia 1.75 2017
41 China 1.68 2017
42 Thailand 1.53 2017
43 United Arab Emirates 1.45 2017
44 Japan 1.43 2017
45 Macao SAR, China 1.21 2017
46 Singapore 1.16 2017
47 Hong Kong SAR, China 1.13 2017
48 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.