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People > Teenage birth rate: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff Editor

In response to Funny: Teen pregnancy is an issue in all countries. Globally 10% of all births are to mothers under the age of twenty, 90% of these are in developing nations.

Girls in Africa and South Asia are often married young and are under pressure to produce children. In Bangladesh almost 16% of fifteen-year old girls are pregnant or already have children. 75% of girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and over half of all girls in Afghanistan and Bangladesh are married before the age of 18. In Nepal, 7% of girls are married before they are 10, and 40% by age 15. In developed nations, young mothers are usually unmarried.



The consequences of teen pregnancy are serious. Regardless of marital status, young mothers are frequently isolated, have little or no educational opportunities and are often trapped in long term poverty.
In addition to this, pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide. Although poor health care is a factor, physical immaturity increases the risks of both maternal and infant mortality. Girls under twenty have twice the maternal mortality risk of older women, girls under fifteen have five times the risk. Infant mortality is also higher among young mothers. Each year, 1 million children born to teen mothers will die before their first birthday.

DEFINITION: The number of births to women aged below 20 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. (1995-1998).

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 52.1 1998
2 United Kingdom 30.8 1998
3 New Zealand 29.8 1998
4 Slovakia 26.9 1998
5 Hungary 26.5 1998
6 Iceland 24.7 1998
7 Portugal 21.2 1998
8 Canada 20.2 1998
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 19.53 1998
=9 Ireland 18.7 1998
=9 Poland 18.7 1998
11 Australia 18.4 1998
12 Czech Republic 16.4 1998
High income OECD countries average (profile) 15.39 1998
13 Austria 14 1998
14 Germany 13.1 1998
15 Norway 12.4 1998
16 Greece 11.8 1998
17 Belgium 9.9 1998
18 Luxembourg 9.7 1998
19 France 9.3 1998
20 Finland 9.2 1998
21 Denmark 8.1 1998
22 Spain 7.9 1998
23 Italy 6.6 1998
24 Sweden 6.5 1998
25 Netherlands 6.2 1998
26 Switzerland 5.5 1998
27 Japan 4.6 1998
28 South Korea 2.9 1998

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Teenage birth rate. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNICEF. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Teenage-birth-rate

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