Turkish Births 2012: By the Numbers

The Turkish Statistical Institute has published its newest 2012 data on births. Women are giving birth later, the fertility rate has risen to just below the rate required for replacement of the existing population, and women in parts of Turkey’s impoverished largely Kurdish east are giving birth to twice as many children as those in the developed western part of the country.

The highlights:

Fertility rate (average number of live births) increased from 2.02 in 2011 to 2.08 (the level needed to replace the existing population is 2.10).

The fertility rate is skewed by region, with a higher rate in the east/southeast. The highest rate was in Şanlıurfa (4.39 children), and the lowest in Kırklareli (1.43)

Women are giving birth later. Highest fertility went from age 20-24 in 2011 to the 25-29 age group.

While births to women under 25 decreased, the highest rate of increase was for women aged 30-34.



2 Responses to “Turkish Births 2012: By the Numbers”

  1. I personally would hope to see articles in this blog ALSO about Reyhaniye Bombings and Taksim Gezi Park demonstrations 🙁

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    All my foreign friends and friends living abroad please share this message. For the last 3 days, people of Istanbul are protesting the demolition of a small park in the middle of Istanbul, for a Mall to be built in its place. Not only the building of the Mall does not have permit, the demolition of the park has no permit either. People have been only camping in the area to stop the demolition, when the police stroke with tear gas at 5am and they’ve been doing this for the last 3 days. This has turned into a war between the government and its people. There are other cities joining the protest in their own cities. This is the first step to take down a fascist government and they are aware of it. People have no weapons, they just use cotton masks to avoid the gas, but whoever holds a mask is taken in as a terrorist! Please create as much awareness as possible here and on Twitter. The hashtags in Twitter are: occupygezi, direngeziparki, helpforhumanrightsinTurkey. Please don’t let the media mislead you.

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