International Population Statistics

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The population page attempts to provide a general survey among the 12 countries compared by assessing fertility rates, population growth rates, and rates of natural increase.

  Population growth rate Rate of natural increase Fertility rate Net migration Rate Abortions  per 100 live births Divorce Rate
Australia 1.6 0.6% 1.9 5.93 20  
Canada 1.1 0.3% 1.6 5.65 28 3.4
Denmark .4 0.1% 1.8 2.36 NA 4.1
France .5 0.4% 2.0 1.10 17 3.0
Germany .2 -0.2% 1.4 0.71 8 3.5
Italy .3 -0.1% 1.4 4.67 11 1.3
Japan -.2 -0.1% 1.4 0.00 NA 3.1
Netherlands .5 0.3% 1.8 2.02 9  
Norway 1.3 0.4% 1.9 1.69 15  
Sweden .7 0.2% 1.9 1.65 20 3.5
United Kingdom .7 0.2% 2.0 2.59 17 4.0
United States .7 0.6% 1.9 3.62 21 5.2

Sources:

View OECD statisticsView Graphical Data

For most recent year, 2011-12.

View HDR 2009View Graphical Data

UN Development Programme, Human Development Report 2009, for 2005-2010. Table L, p. 202

View World Bank statisticsView Graphical Data

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 current age-specific fertility rates, for 2011.

View OECD statisticsView Graphical Data

Difference between the number of persons entering and leaving a country during the year per 1,000 persons (based on midyear population), for 2012.

Abortions per 100 live births: International Family Planning Perspectives View Graphical Data

For 2003, p.108.

View U.S. census reportView Graphical Data

Divorce rate per 1,000 people for 2000 or 2008.

Notes:

"Legal or not, abortion rates compare," Elisabeth Rosenthal

New York Times, 10/12/2007. Reports based on World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute research

-abortion rates are similar whether abortion is legal or not.

-abortion is safe where it is legal and health care is available, and dangerous where it is not.

-globally, 31 abortions are per 100 live births, and cause 13 percent of maternal deaths during pregnancy and birth.

-Availability of contraception lowers abortion rates.

-Eastern Europe: more contraception available since fall of Communism, abortion rates fell 50 percent.

-Western Europe has lowest abortion rate (12 per 1,000), legal abortion, good health care, and available contraception

Needed:

Contraceptive use