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Facts on Women from The World Factbook

In observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve dug into The World Factbook for statistics about women’s education and health. These numbers reveal the ways in which a girl’s place of birth affects her life experiences.

Female School Life Expectancy (SLE)­

In which countries do girls receive the most schooling? And the least?  This table contrasts the countries at the far ends of the spectrum.

Country

Fewest Years

Country

Most Years

Somalia

2

Australia

21

Eritrea

4

Iceland, New Zealand

20

Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Niger

5

Cuba

19

 

 

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia

18

 

Female Literacy Rates

Literacy and education affect national economic development and a country’s ability to keep pace with the rapidly changing, technology-driven world.  This table shows a sample of the countries that have the lowest and highest rates of women who can read and write.

 

Country

Lowest Female Literacy Rate

Country

Highest Female Literacy Rate

Afghanistan

12.6%

Andorra, Finland, Greenland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg

100%

Niger

15.1%

Azerbaijan, Barbados, Lithuania

99.7%

Burkina Faso

15.2%

Armenia

99.4%

South Sudan

16%

Belgium, Bermuda, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, North Korea, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States

99%

 

Female Life Expectancy at Birth

As shown in this table, life expectancies for women vary greatly around the world.  Life expectancy at birth is a measure of overall quality of life in a country.

Country

Female Life Expectancy

Country

Female Life Expectancy

Swaziland

49.06 years

Monaco

93.77 years

Chad

49.82 years

Macau

87.54 years

Afghanistan

51.05 years

Japan

87.43 years

Zimbabwe

51.68 years

Singapore

86.2 years

 

Total Fertility Rates

This table shows the countries that have the highest and lowest number of children born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years.  Higher rates may indicate difficulties for families, in some situations, to feed and educate their children and for women to enter the labor force.

Country

Total Fertility Rate

Country

Total Fertility Rate

Mali

6.35 children/woman

Singapore

0.78 children/woman

Burundi

6.08 children/woman

Macau

0.092 children/woman

Zambia

5.85 children/woman

Hong Kong

1.09 children/woman

South Sudan

5.66 children/woman

Taiwan

1.1 children/woman

 

Visit The World Factbook for more statistics on social indicators from around the world, such as age distribution and urbanization rates.


Posted: Mar 07, 2013 08:44 AM
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2013 11:33 AM