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Births 2020

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While India and China remain the countries where most children are born, both countries have a fertility rate around the global average of 2.5 children per woman, India slightly higher, China slightly lower. Out of the ten countries with the highest fertility rate, nine are on the African continent.
More children are born each year in Africa than are born in the Americas, all of Europe and Japan put together. In territories with the fewest births per person, more people are dying than are being born. As with all population statistics, even this vital one, figures are rough estimates.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of all children born per year estimated for the period of 2015-2020.

Data sources
This map uses data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017). World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, DVD Edition.  (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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