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People > Total fertility rate: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: The average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their child-bearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate 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 growth in the country. High rates will also place some limits on the labor force participation rates for women. Large numbers of children born to women indicate large family sizes that might limit the ability of the families to feed and educate their children.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Niger 7.03 children born/woman 2013
2 Mali 6.25 children born/woman 2013
3 Somalia 6.17 children born/woman 2013
4 Uganda 6.06 children born/woman 2013
5 Burkina Faso 6 children born/woman 2013
6 Burundi 5.99 children born/woman 2013
7 Zambia 5.81 children born/woman 2013
=8 Afghanistan 5.54 children born/woman 2013
=8 South Sudan 5.54 children born/woman 2013
=10 Congo, Republic of the 5.49 children born/woman 2013
=10 Angola 5.49 children born/woman 2013
12 Mozambique 5.34 children born/woman 2013
=13 Ethiopia 5.31 children born/woman 2013
=13 Nigeria 5.31 children born/woman 2013
15 Malawi 5.26 children born/woman 2013
16 East Timor 5.22 children born/woman 2013
17 Benin 5.13 children born/woman 2013
18 Tanzania 5.01 children born/woman 2013
19 Guinea 4.99 children born/woman 2013
20 Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.95 children born/woman 2013
21 Liberia 4.92 children born/woman 2013
22 Sierra Leone 4.87 children born/woman 2013
23 Sao Tome and Principe 4.81 children born/woman 2013
24 Chad 4.8 children born/woman 2013
25 Equatorial Guinea 4.74 children born/woman 2013
26 Rwanda 4.71 children born/woman 2013
27 Senegal 4.61 children born/woman 2013
28 Togo 4.58 children born/woman 2013
=29 Central African Republic 4.52 children born/woman 2013
=29 Gabon 4.52 children born/woman 2013
failed states average (profile) 4.45 children born/woman 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 4.42 children born/woman 2013
31 Gaza Strip 4.41 children born/woman 2013
32 Guinea-Bissau 4.37 children born/woman 2013
33 Madagascar 4.36 children born/woman 2013
34 Yemen 4.27 children born/woman 2013
35 Eritrea 4.25 children born/woman 2013
=36 Mauritania 4.15 children born/woman 2013
=36 Western Sahara 4.15 children born/woman 2013
38 Ghana 4.12 children born/woman 2013
39 Sudan 4.05 children born/woman 2013
=40 Cameroon 4 children born/woman 2013
=40 Mayotte 4 children born/woman 2011
42 The Gambia 3.98 children born/woman 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 3.94 children born/woman 2013
43 Comoros 3.93 children born/woman 2013
44 Kenya 3.76 children born/woman 2013
45 Cote d'Ivoire 3.73 children born/woman 2013
46 Zimbabwe 3.58 children born/woman 2013
47 Iraq 3.5 children born/woman 2013
48 Vanuatu 3.47 children born/woman 2013
49 Tonga 3.46 children born/woman 2013
50 Solomon Islands 3.44 children born/woman 2013
51 Jordan 3.32 children born/woman 2013
52 Papua New Guinea 3.31 children born/woman 2013
53 Marshall Islands 3.29 children born/woman 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 3.23 children born/woman 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 3.14 children born/woman 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 3.14 children born/woman 2013
South Asia average (profile) 3.12 children born/woman 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 3.1 children born/woman 2013
54 Philippines 3.1 children born/woman 2013
=55 Belize 3.08 children born/woman 2013
=55 Guatemala 3.08 children born/woman 2013
57 Tuvalu 3.06 children born/woman 2013
58 American Samoa 3.04 children born/woman 2013
59 Samoa 3.03 children born/woman 2013
=60 Nauru 2.98 children born/woman 2013
=60 French Guiana 2.98 children born/woman 2006
=60 Laos 2.98 children born/woman 2013
=63 Swaziland 2.96 children born/woman 2013
=63 Pakistan 2.96 children born/woman 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 2.95 children born/woman 2013
65 Honduras 2.94 children born/woman 2013
66 West Bank 2.91 children born/woman 2013
67 Egypt 2.9 children born/woman 2013
Former British colonies average (profile) 2.89 children born/woman 2013
68 Haiti 2.88 children born/woman 2013
69 Bolivia 2.87 children born/woman 2013
70 Oman 2.86 children born/woman 2013
71 Lesotho 2.83 children born/woman 2013
72 Tajikistan 2.8 children born/woman 2013
73 Algeria 2.78 children born/woman 2013
74 Syria 2.77 children born/woman 2013
75 Cambodia 2.72 children born/woman 2013
76 Kyrgyzstan 2.71 children born/woman 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 2.69 children born/woman 2013
77 Federated States of Micronesia 2.68 children born/woman 2012
78 Israel 2.65 children born/woman 2013
79 Kiribati 2.63 children born/woman 2013
80 Malaysia 2.61 children born/woman 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 2.6 children born/woman 2013
81 Kuwait 2.56 children born/woman 2013
=82 India 2.55 children born/woman 2013
=82 Djibouti 2.55 children born/woman 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 2.55 children born/woman 2013
84 Fiji 2.54 children born/woman 2013
Christian countries average (profile) 2.5 children born/woman 2013
85 Bangladesh 2.5 children born/woman 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 2.49 children born/woman 2013
86 Reunion 2.45 children born/woman 2006
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 2.45 children born/woman 2013
=87 Botswana 2.41 children born/woman 2013
=87 Guam 2.41 children born/woman 2013
89 Panama 2.4 children born/woman 2013
=90 Dominican Republic 2.39 children born/woman 2013
=90 Cape Verde 2.39 children born/woman 2013
=90 Faroe Islands 2.39 children born/woman 2013
93 Kazakhstan 2.38 children born/woman 2013
=94 Venezuela 2.37 children born/woman 2013
=94 United Arab Emirates 2.37 children born/woman 2013
96 Nepal 2.36 children born/woman 2013
=97 Ecuador 2.33 children born/woman 2013
=97 Namibia 2.33 children born/woman 2013
99 Cook Islands 2.31 children born/woman 2013
Catholic countries average (profile) 2.28 children born/woman 2013
100 Argentina 2.27 children born/woman 2013
=101 Mexico 2.25 children born/woman 2013
=101 Peru 2.25 children born/woman 2013
=101 South Africa 2.25 children born/woman 2013
=104 Saudi Arabia 2.21 children born/woman 2013
=104 Guyana 2.21 children born/woman 2013
=104 Burma 2.21 children born/woman 2013
107 Indonesia 2.2 children born/woman 2013
108 Mongolia 2.18 children born/woman 2013
109 Morocco 2.17 children born/woman 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 2.16 children born/woman 2013
Densely populated countries average (profile) 2.15 children born/woman 2013
110 Sri Lanka 2.15 children born/woman 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 2.14 children born/woman 2013
=111 Turkmenistan 2.12 children born/woman 2013
=111 Grenada 2.12 children born/woman 2013
=113 Turkey 2.1 children born/woman 2013
=113 Colombia 2.1 children born/woman 2013
=115 Libya 2.09 children born/woman 2013
=115 Jamaica 2.09 children born/woman 2013
=117 France 2.08 children born/woman 2013
=117 Greenland 2.08 children born/woman 2013
119 Bhutan 2.07 children born/woman 2013
=120 Dominica 2.06 children born/woman 2013
=120 New Zealand 2.06 children born/woman 2013
=120 United States 2.06 children born/woman 2013
123 Northern Mariana Islands 2.05 children born/woman 2013
=124 Suriname 2.04 children born/woman 2013
=124 Antigua and Barbuda 2.04 children born/woman 2013
126 Nicaragua 2.03 children born/woman 2013
127 New Caledonia 2.02 children born/woman 2013
=128 Ireland 2.01 children born/woman 2013
=128 Paraguay 2.01 children born/woman 2013
=128 Tunisia 2.01 children born/woman 2013
=131 El Salvador 1.99 children born/woman 2013
=131 North Korea 1.99 children born/woman 2013
133 Netherlands Antilles 1.98 children born/woman 2008
=134 The Bahamas 1.97 children born/woman 2013
=134 French Polynesia 1.97 children born/woman 2013
136 Bermuda 1.96 children born/woman 2013
137 Isle of Man 1.95 children born/woman 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 1.93 children born/woman 2013
138 Gibraltar 1.93 children born/woman 2013
=139 Qatar 1.92 children born/woman 2013
=139 Azerbaijan 1.92 children born/woman 2013
141 Costa Rica 1.91 children born/woman 2013
=142 Guadeloupe 1.9 children born/woman 2006
=142 United Kingdom 1.9 children born/woman 2013
144 Seychelles 1.89 children born/woman 2013
145 Iceland 1.88 children born/woman 2013
=146 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1.87 children born/woman 2013
=146 Vietnam 1.87 children born/woman 2013
=148 Cayman Islands 1.86 children born/woman 2013
=148 Iran 1.86 children born/woman 2013
=148 Uruguay 1.86 children born/woman 2013
151 Chile 1.85 children born/woman 2013
152 Aruba 1.84 children born/woman 2013
=153 Bahrain 1.83 children born/woman 2013
=153 Uzbekistan 1.83 children born/woman 2013
=153 Brunei 1.83 children born/woman 2013
156 Brazil 1.81 children born/woman 2013
157 Martinique 1.79 children born/woman 2006
=158 Netherlands 1.78 children born/woman 2013
=158 Mauritius 1.78 children born/woman 2013
=158 Maldives 1.78 children born/woman 2013
=158 Saint Lucia 1.78 children born/woman 2013
=158 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1.78 children born/woman 2013
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=163 Wallis and Futuna 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=163 Norway 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=163 Virgin Islands 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=163 Luxembourg 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=163 Australia 1.77 children born/woman 2013
=168 Lebanon 1.75 children born/woman 2013
=168 Anguilla 1.75 children born/woman 2013
=170 Finland 1.73 children born/woman 2013
=170 Denmark 1.73 children born/woman 2013
Tourist destinations average (profile) 1.72 children born/woman 2013
172 Palau 1.72 children born/woman 2013
173 Trinidad and Tobago 1.71 children born/woman 2013
174 Turks and Caicos Islands 1.7 children born/woman 2013
Cold countries average (profile) 1.7 children born/woman 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 1.69 children born/woman 2013
175 Liechtenstein 1.69 children born/woman 2013
Western Europe average (profile) 1.69 children born/woman 2013
176 Barbados 1.68 children born/woman 2013
177 Sweden 1.67 children born/woman 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 1.66 children born/woman 2013
=178 Jersey 1.66 children born/woman 2013
=178 Thailand 1.66 children born/woman 2013
Non-religious countries average (profile) 1.66 children born/woman 2013
180 Belgium 1.65 children born/woman 2013
181 Puerto Rico 1.64 children born/woman 2013
182 Russia 1.61 children born/woman 2013
=183 Canada 1.59 children born/woman 2013
=183 Republic of Macedonia 1.59 children born/woman 2013
=185 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 1.57 children born/woman 2013
=185 Saint Helena 1.57 children born/woman 2011
Eurozone average (profile) 1.56 children born/woman 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 1.55 children born/woman 2013
=187 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1.55 children born/woman 2013
=187 Moldova 1.55 children born/woman 2013
=187 China 1.55 children born/woman 2013
Europe average (profile) 1.55 children born/woman 2013
190 Guernsey 1.54 children born/woman 2013
European Union average (profile) 1.53 children born/woman 2013
=191 Switzerland 1.53 children born/woman 2013
=191 Malta 1.53 children born/woman 2013
Southern Europe average (profile) 1.52 children born/woman 2013
=193 Monaco 1.51 children born/woman 2013
=193 Portugal 1.51 children born/woman 2013
=193 European Union 1.51 children born/woman 2010
196 Albania 1.49 children born/woman 2013
=197 Spain 1.48 children born/woman 2013
=197 San Marino 1.48 children born/woman 2013
=199 Georgia 1.46 children born/woman 2013
=199 Cyprus 1.46 children born/woman 2013
=199 Cuba 1.46 children born/woman 2013
=199 Belarus 1.46 children born/woman 2013
=203 Estonia 1.45 children born/woman 2013
=203 Croatia 1.45 children born/woman 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 1.43 children born/woman 2013
205 Bulgaria 1.43 children born/woman 2013
=206 Austria 1.42 children born/woman 2013
=206 Germany 1.42 children born/woman 2013
=208 Italy 1.41 children born/woman 2013
=208 Hungary 1.41 children born/woman 2013
=208 Serbia 1.41 children born/woman 2013
=211 Serbia and Montenegro 1.4 children born/woman 2011
=211 Greece 1.4 children born/woman 2013
=213 Slovakia 1.39 children born/woman 2013
=213 Armenia 1.39 children born/woman 2013
=213 Japan 1.39 children born/woman 2013
216 Andorra 1.37 children born/woman 2013
217 Latvia 1.34 children born/woman 2013
=218 Slovenia 1.32 children born/woman 2013
=218 Poland 1.32 children born/woman 2013
220 Romania 1.31 children born/woman 2013
=221 Czech Republic 1.29 children born/woman 2013
=221 Ukraine 1.29 children born/woman 2013
=223 Lithuania 1.28 children born/woman 2013
=223 Montserrat 1.28 children born/woman 2013
225 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.25 children born/woman 2013
=226 South Korea 1.24 children born/woman 2013
=226 British Virgin Islands 1.24 children born/woman 2013
=228 Hong Kong 1.11 children born/woman 2013
=228 Taiwan 1.11 children born/woman 2013
230 Macau 0.93 children born/woman 2013
231 Singapore 0.79 children born/woman 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Total fertility rate. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Total-fertility-rate

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Interesting observations about People > Total fertility rate

Uganda ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Christian countries in 2013.
Niger ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Hot countries in 2013.
Turkey ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Europe in 2013.
Somalia ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
France ranked first for total fertility rate amongst European Union in 2013.
Israel ranked first for total fertility rate amongst High income OECD countries in 2013.
Mali ranked second for total fertility rate globally in 2013.
Philippines ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Emerging markets in 2013.
Malawi ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2013.
Burundi ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Catholic countries in 2013.
Guatemala ranked first for total fertility rate amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2013.

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Norways total fertility rate was 1.96 in 2008. Not 1.78 as stated in the table.
Source:
http://www.ssb.no/en/fodte/tab-2009-04-02-05-en.html

How reliable are the numbers presented here? Does anyone noe better sources?

Posted on 17 Jan 2010

Nerd

Nerd

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Ok, there are hoo ha over the recent report that Malaysia's TFR is at 2.2, rather than 2.9 something. How can we confirm this fact?

Posted on 25 Nov 2009

Alan

Alan

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In Lithuania now it's 1.47 per woman

Posted on 06 Nov 2009

Lithuanian20

Lithuanian20

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My country is so f-uped that people don't wanna breed anymore. Or Maybe for once in 5000 years, women of my nation feel liberated in this respect!

Posted on 07 Sep 2009

ng

ng

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It seems that even if you fix the numbers in error on this table the point is the same. Nations fail to follow God's general revelation from the Bible to keep personal responsibility, marriage, family, government and nationalism all in check by keeping corruption out of them. Those nations will be removed from history. Nations that heed God's advice are sustained within a four generational cycle so maybe poor people have more going for them than we think.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009

T.F.

T.F.

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Most of the data in this table is wrong. Check for example the latest TFR of UK or Sweden in their respective statistical office to confirm. UK is 1.95 in 2008, not 1.66. Sweden is 1.91, not 1.67. Finland is 1.85, not 1.73.

Posted on 21 Jul 2009

Frederic Payeur

Frederic Payeur

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