Teen Pregnancy Rate Country by Country

  • The good news is that teen birth rates, formally known as the adolescent fertility rate, are dropping throughout the world.[1] Nevertheless, the majority (95%) of teen births among girls aged 15-19 still occur in low- and middle-income countries.[2] The highest rates are found in sub-Saharan Africa, south-central, and south-eastern Asia. Rates for teen births among girls younger than 15 vary drastically by country.

    When comparing the teen pregnancy rates of different countries, it is important to keep in mind that some do not collect this data. Instead, the rates are a combination of data from vital registration systems, birth , censuses, sample surveys, and extrapolation from earlier data. The rates, therefore, vary in both their accuracy and recency. Additionally, unlike the  , which includes all pregnancies regardless of their outcome in birth, abortion, or miscarriage, the statistic used worldwide looks only at births to teen mothers.

    Below is a list of the countries with the highest and lowest teen birth rates.[3]

    Country Birth rate per 1000 teen girls
    Niger 205
    Mali 176
    Angola 170
    Chad 152
    Malawi 145
    Mozambique 138
    Democratic Republic of Congo 135
    Guinea 131
    Cote d’Ivoire 130
    Republic of Congo 127
    Uganda 127
    Country Birth rate per 1000 teen girls
    Slovenia 1
    North Korea 1
    Switzerland 2
    South Korea 2
    Libya 3
    Hong Kong 3
    Macao 4
    Germany 4
    Italy 4
    Austria 4
    Maldives 4

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    [1] The World Bank. (2014). Adolescent pregnancy. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs364/en/

    [2] The World Bank. (2014). Adolescent pregnancy. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs364/en/

    [3]The World Bank. (2014). Adolescent fertility rate (Births per 1000 women ages 15-19). http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.ADO.TFRT

     

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