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World Factbook Snapshot of Global Youth Challenges

In honor of International Youth Day on August 12, CIA.gov is highlighting challenges facing young people around the globe from statistics in The World Factbook – CIA’s reference resource.

The United Nations declared the first International Youth Day in 1999 to draw attention to how governments, the private sector and civil society organizations could help youth living in impoverished countries with high unemployment and low life expectancy rates.

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  • Rising youth unemployment rates are sometimes one of the first measures of economic stress, especially when coupled with high long-term unemployment.  Armenia and Macedonia have the two highest youth unemployment rates; Benin has the lowest rate with 0.8%.
  • Life expectancy rates, which are measures of overall quality of life in a country, are highest in select countries in Asia and Europe.  Chad holds the lowest ranking with an average life expectancy of 48.69 years.
  • Afghanistan tops the infant mortality rate with 121.63 deaths per 1,000 live births.  At 1.80, Monaco has the lowest rate, which is often used as an indicator of overall health conditions in a country. 

Youth Unemployment, ages 15-24 *

Rank

Country

Percentage

1.

Armenia

57.6

2.

Macedonia

54.9

3.

South Africa

48.2

4.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

47.3

5.

West Bank**

46.9

*statistics from 2007-2009 estimates

**West Bank is Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement; permanent status to be determined through further negotiation.

 

Life Expectancy  *

Rank

Country

Years

1.

Monaco

89.68

2.

Macau

84.43

3.

Japan

83.97

4.

Singapore

83.75

5.

San Marino

83.07

*statistics from 2011 estimates

 

Infant Mortality *

Rank

Country

Deaths/1,000 live births

1.

Afghanistan

121.63

2.

Niger

109.98

3.

Mali

109.08

4.

Somalia

103.72

5.

Central African Republic

97.17

*statistics from 2011 estimates

Check The World Factbook for other social indicators related to youth, including national education expenditures, school life expectancy, literacy rates, and rates of underweight children under the age of five.


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Posted: Aug 10, 2012 10:03 AM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 01:01 PM