Teenage pregnancy that is, pregnancy before the age of 20 years has become a common problem especially in the west. Despite the fact that those countries are developed and far more educated than the east but this problem is quite prevalent in their set up. Teenage pregnancy leads to many other huge problems like the bad health of the mother and the child, along with a bad economy, over population, disturbed mental health and unemployment etc. Here is a list of top 10 countries with highest teenage pregnancies 2016 for the readers to increase their information regarding this extremely important social issue and create awareness amongst them.
Ireland is on our list of top ten countries with highest teenage pregnancy rate but it is still relatively lower than rest of Europe (18.6/1000 teenage girls). The age of sexual consent is 17 and over the last 30 years the Irish government is trying to come up with programs to aware the teenagers with the seriousness of this matter of teenage pregnancy. Abortion is something which is not allowed in the country which is why many teenagers flee to England to get abortions. This is the reason why many anti-abortion groups are working seriously.
Poland is another European country which is on the list of top 10 countries with highest teenage pregnancies in the year 2015. Birth rate in Poland per 1000 teenage girls is 18.8 which is only a little higher than Ireland. There are 30,413 births per year and the above mentioned is the teenage birth rate out of this total. The Polish government is also on the mission to eradicate this serious problem in the country.
Despite being a welfare state with numerous benefits and happiness being provided to the people of the country, the teenagers end up feeling depressed in Canada and resort to unsafe sexual intercourse resulting in teenage pregnancy. Birth rate in Canada per 1000 teenage girls is 20.5 with 19,920 total number of births. With the new prime minister in Canada, we can hope to see some new policies being implemented regarding the issue of teenage pregnancy and unsafe sex.
Another European country which falls on our list of top ten countries with highest teenage pregnancy rates is Portugal. Portugal has a birth rate per 1000 teenage girls of 22.8. Despite the fact that Portugal boasts some traditional values of culture and customs, it has a serious issue of teenage birth rate which needs to be tackled as soon as possible to prevent the problem getting serious and effecting many more teenagers and families with it. The government is sort of playing its part but citizens and interest groups have to work seriously on the said matter.
Iceland is a unique European country in terms of high teenage pregnancy rates. The reason for this uniqueness is that teenage pregnancies or early pregnancies are something which are not unwanted or unlawful in Iceland. The people of this country have a tendency to start their family quite early which is why it is quite alright to get pregnant in your teen years. Iceland has a teenage birth rate per 1000 teenage girls of 24.9 which is relatively much higher than the countries discussed above. Abortion is not something treated like a taboo and expecting parents can decide to abort the baby and get done with it without having to break any law. Not paying for your child’s education (as it is taken care of by the state) is why couples go for early births.
Yet another European country comes on our list of top ten countries with highest teenage pregnancy rate in 2015. The teenage pregnancy birth rate per 1000 teenage girls in Hungary is stated to be 26.7 and in Hungary it is specifically said that due to weak family bonds and no family structure, teenage couples resort to unsafe sex and early or teenage birth is the consequence of this. Post- partum depression is one of the other consequences which results out of this issue of teenage pregnancy and is something very common in Hungary.
Slovakia falls on number four on the list of top ten countries with highest teenage pregnancy rates in the year 2015. The birth rate in teenage girls in Slovakia per 1000 births is 27.3 which is pretty much high. Slovakian government is trying very hard to make the problem go away but it seems that the problem is far from being solved right now as the issues are quite deep rooted in the mental situation and weather of the country. 3) New Zealand: Finally a country which is not European falls on our list of the top ten countries with highest teenage pregnancy rate in 2015. But unfortunately, it falls on quite a high number which is, at number
3. New Zealand
New Zealand has a very high birth rate of 30.5 per every 1000 teenage girls. The country is not very big and the population is not very high either but the problem of teenage pregnancy seems to become a problem for New Zealand with each passing day making it come on such a high position on this list.
2. United Kingdom
The second highest rate of births in terms of teenage pregnancies happens to be in United Kingdom despite the traditional values that prevail in the British society. The teenage birth rate in United Kingdom per 1000 teenage girls is 31.4 which is extraordinarily high. There are many campaigns which and organizations promoting the use of contraceptives and safe sex but still the country faces the issue of high teenage pregnancy rate. Early sex education is a viable solution that the schools are providing to the teenagers.
1. United States of America
The country which has been consistently been on top of the list of top 10 countries with highest teenage pregnancy rate is the United States of America. Despite good education and facilities provided to the teenagers at schools and at homes, there is great chance of teenage girls getting pregnant. United States of America has a birth rate to 1000 teenage pregnancies of 52.6 which is just astoundingly high. The total number of births per year in USA is 4,94,357.