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Fertility


Fertility rates are defined as "a figure for 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".
Data is from CIA World Factbook. Rates are there presented with two decimal. LookLex rounds off to one decimal for the following two reasons: for most countries in the MENA there are no exact information about actual size of population, and the rates are themselves only estimates. Two decimals suggest a level of accuracy that does not exist.
For comparison, population growth is also presented. By holding fertility rate and this up together, one understand easily which countries that have population changes depending on more than fertility rate.

2009
MENA rank Per woman Population growth
1. Iran 1.7 0.9%
Tunisia 1.7 1.0%
3. Algeria 1.8 1.2%
4. Lebanon 1.9 1.1%
5. Turkey 2.2 1.3%
6. Jordan 2.4 2.0%
United Arab Emirates 2.4 3.7%
8. Bahrain 2.5 1.3%
Morocco 2.5 1.5%
Qatar 2.5 1.0%
11. Egypt 2.7 1.6%
12. Israel 2.8 1.7%
Kuwait 2.8 3.5%
14. Libya 3.1 2.2%
Syria 3.1 2.1%
16. Saudi Arabia 3.8 1.8%
17. Iraq 3.9 2.5%
18. Palestine 3.9 2.6%
19. Mauritania 4.5 2.4%
Sudan 4.5 2.1%
21. Oman 5.5 3.1%
22. Yemen 6.3 3.5%





By Tore Kjeilen