Fertility Rates of Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries




For the purposes of an upcoming article I will need the following table of fertility rates for 224 countries.

Definition:The following entries give 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.

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.

Information taken from CIA World Factbook - and, unless otherwise noted, is accurate as of January 1, 2009.

The table has been modified from Index Mundi by indicating in red those countries whose populations are 50% or greater majority Muslim and in indicating in pink those countries on their way to becoming Muslim majority (30% or more Muslim).

It should be noted that except for one nation, no European country has a fertility rate high enough to keep their population from declining. The one exception is Albania, a 70% Muslim majority country. Naturally.




Legend

50% or more Muslim: 

30% or more Muslim: 

29% or less Muslim: 




RankCountryTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)
1Niger7.75
2Mali7.29
3Uganda6.77
4Afghanistan6.53
5Somalia6.52
6Burundi6.33
7Yemen6.32
8Burkina Faso6.28
9Congo DR6.20
10Angola6.12
11Ethiopia6.12
12Sierra Leone5.88
13Congo5.84
14Liberia5.79
15Malawi5.59
16Oman5.53
17Mayotte5.50
18Benin5.49
19Sao Tome5.33
20Chad5.31
21Rwanda5.25
22Guinea5.20
23Mozambique5.18
24Zambia5.15
25Madagascar5.14
26Equatorial Guinea5.08
27Djibouti5.06
28Gambia5.04
29Gaza Strip5.03
30Senegal4.95
31Nigeria4.91
32Comoros4.84
33Togo4.79
34Eritrea4.72
35Gabon4.65
36Guinea Bissau4.65
37Kenya4.56
38Sudan4.48
39Tanzania4.46
40Mauritania4.45
41Laos4.41
42Western Sahara4.37
43Cameroon4.33
44Central African Republic4.14
45Cote d'Ivoire4.12
46Kiribati4.04
47Iraq3.86
48Saudi Arabia3.83
49Haiti3.81
50Kosovo3.80
51Paraguay3.75
52Zimbabwe3.69
53Ghana3.68
54Papua New Guinea3.62
55Pakistan3.60
56Marshall Islands3.59
57Solomon Islands3.52
58Guatemala3.47
59Belize3.36
60Samoa3.29
61East Timor3.28
62Honduras3.27
63Philippines3.27
64Swaziland3.24
65West Bank3.22
66Bolivia3.17
67Syria3.12
68Libya3.08
69Cape Verde3.07
70Lesotho3.06
71Cambodia3.04
72El Salvador3.00
73Tajikistan2.99
74Malaysia2.95
75Turks and Caicos Islands2.95
76Tuvalu2.91
77Micronesia2.89
78Nauru2.85
79Kuwait2.76
80Israel2.75
81Bangladesh2.74
82India2.72
83Namibia2.69
84Egypt2.66
85Fiji2.65
86Kyrgyzstan2.65
87Nepal2.64
88Botswana2.60
89Nicaragua2.57
90Reunion2.55
91Guam2.54
92Panama2.53
93Ecuador2.51
94Morocco2.51
95Bahrain2.50
96Vanuatu2.50
97Cook Islands2.49
98Venezuela2.48
99Colombia2.46
100Qatar2.45
101Faroe Islands2.44
102United Arab Emirates2.42
103Jordan2.39
104Bhutan2.38
105South Africa2.38
106Peru2.37
107Argentina2.35
108Mexico2.34
109Indonesia2.31
110Saint Kitts and Nevis2.26
111Jamaica2.25
112Tonga2.25
113Mongolia2.23
114Grenada2.23
115Turkmenistan2.22
116Brazil2.21
117Turkey2.21
118Greenland2.19
119New Caledonia2.18
120Costa Rica2.14
121Bahamas2.10
122New Zealand2.10
123Dominican Republic2.09
124Antigua and Barbuda2.07
125USA2.05
126Azerbaijan2.04
127Guyana2.03
128Albania2.01
129Sri_Lanka1.99
130Suriname1.99
131Bermuda1.99
132France1.98
133Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1.98
134Netherlands Antilles1.97
135Saint Pierre and Miquelon1.97
136Korea, North1.96
137Uzbekistan1.95
138Seychelles1.93
139Chile1.92
140Uruguay1.92
141French Polynesia1.92
142Brunei1.91
143Iceland1.90
144Maldives1.90
145Burma1.89
146Kazakhstan1.88
147Cayman Islands1.88
148Wallis and Futuna1.87
149Aruba1.85
150Ireland1.85
151Lebanon1.85
152Virgin Islands1.85
153Saint Lucia1.84
154Vietnam1.83
155Palau1.82
156Mauritius1.81
157Algeria1.79
158China1.79
159Australia1.78
160Norway1.78
161Luxembourg1.78
162Monaco1.75
163Anguilla1.75
164Denmark1.74
165Finland1.73
166Trinidad and Tobago1.72
167Tunisia1.72
168Iran1.71
169Puerto Rico1.71
170British Virgin Islands1.71
171Barbados1.68
172Sweden1.67
173Netherlands1.66
174United Kingdom1.66
175Belgium1.65
176Gibraltar1.65
177Thailand1.65
178Man, Isle of1.65
179Cuba1.61
180Canada1.58
181Macedonia1.58
182Jersey1.57
183Saint Helena1.56
184Liechtenstein1.52
185Malta1.51
186Portugal1.49
187Cyprus1.45
188Switzerland1.45
189Georgia1.44
190Croatia1.42
191Estonia1.42
192Bulgaria1.41
193Germany1.41
194Russia1.41
195Guernsey1.41
196Austria1.39
197Romania1.39
198Serbia1.39
199Greece1.37
200Armenia1.36
201San Marino1.36
202Hungary1.35
203Slovakia1.35
204Andorra1.33
205Italy1.31
206Spain1.31
207Latvia1.30
208Poland1.28
209Slovenia1.28
210Moldova1.27
211Ukraine1.26
212Bosnia and Herzegovina1.25
213Belarus1.24
214Czech Republic1.24
215Lithuania1.23
216Montserrat1.23
217Japan1.21
218Korea, South1.21
219Northern Mariana Islands1.15
220Taiwan1.14
221Singapore1.09
222Hong Kong1.02
223Macau0.91
224Grenada0.23




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