Malaysia with 31.8 million population as of year 2016 is the 41st most populated country in the world. To give you a better idea, there are 195 countries in the world and China remains the most populated country with close to 1.4 billion population. But how much did you know about the birth and fertility in Malaysia?
1) How many babies are born in Malaysia every day?
Basing on the latest available data, there were 511,865 live births registered in year 2014. This equates to an average of 1,402 live births occurring daily which was 58 live births per hour or a baby per minute. There were 503,914 and 508,774 live births recorded in year 2013 and 2012.
2) Which is the most popular month to give birth?
The month of October typically had the most babies born with 45,158 live births recorded on a 5 years average. The next two most popular months to give birth are September and August. December is the least popular month to give birth with 35,065 live births recorded on average. This implies that Malaysians are usually more productive on the bed during the month of November, December and January.
3) Were there more baby boys or baby girls born?
For both year 2014 and 2013, the number of live births for male babies was only marginally higher than the number of female babies. Specifically, there were 52 baby boys (52%) and 48 baby girls (48%) in every 100 babies born.
4) What is the fertility rate in Malaysia?
The fertility rate according to the latest data indicates 2 babies would be born to every Malaysian woman in her reproductive age (15 to 49 years). The fertility rate was close to 4 babies per woman aged 15 to 49 back in 1980s.
5) What is the fertility rate for each ethnic group in Malaysia?
According to the department of statistics, the fertility rate for Bumiputera remained the highest at 2.6 per woman aged 15-49. This is followed by 1.4 for the Chinese, 1.4 for the Indians and 0.9 for other ethnic groups.
6) Which state has the highest fertility rate in Malaysia?
While Penang recorded the lowest fertility rate at 1.62 per woman aged 15-49, Kelantan has the highest fertility rate at 3.77 per woman aged 15-49. This is followed by Terengganu at 3.46 per woman aged 15-49. Sabah and Selangor’s fertility rate is 1.81 and 1.96 per woman aged 15-49.
7) How long Malaysians are expected to live at birth?
On average, the life expectancy of Malaysians at birth is around 75 years. Female is expected to live longer for 76 years and male for around 71 years. Compare to the Singaporeans, they have a longer life expectancy at around 82 years despite a faster paced life.