International Teen Pregnancy Statistics

Color Coding Key
GREEN Ranked 1st for statistic
RED Ranked last for statistic

Compared to the other 11 countries, United States has averaged more pregnancies, births, and abortions per 1,000 girls while having the lowest ratio of births to abortions.

  Adolescent birth rate Pregnancies per 1000 Births per 1000 Abortion ratio Abortions per 1000
Australia 15.5       14.2
Canada 14.1 27.4 13.6 50.4 13.7
Denmark 4.5       15.2
France 11.9 10.3 3.5 66.0 17.4
Germany 8.2       6.1
Italy 6.5       10.0
Japan 4.6       9.2
Netherlands 9.3       9.7
Norway 9.5       16.2
Sweden 5.9 16.4 2.7 83.5 20.8
United Kingdom 25.1 28.6 14.8 48.3 14.2
United States 34.2 52.8 33.8 36.0 19.6

Sources:

View MDGs statisticsView Graphical Data

Measures annual number of births to women 15 to 19 years of age per 1,000 women, for most recent year (2008-2011).

View Guttmacher Institute report

The Alan Guttmacher Institute. Jacqueline Darroch et al., Teenage Sexual and Reproductive Behavior in Developed Countries, November 2001; Canada, France, U.K. for 1995; Sweden, U.S. for 1996. Ages 15 to 17.

Pregnancies per 1,000 View Graphical Data

Births per 1,000 View Graphical Data

Abortion ratio View Graphical Data

Abortions per 1,000 View UN statisticsView Graphical Data

For women ages 18-44. For most recent year (2008-10).

Notes:

"Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare," Elisabeth Rosenthal

New York Times, October 12, 2007. Western Europe: lowest abortion rate (12 per 1,000); factors: legal abortion and available contraception. Eastern Europe: abortion rates fell 50% with fall of communism as more contraception became available.

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Percent of sexually active teenagers using birth control