Abortion Rates By Country 2019

Tracking the rates of abortion around the world is difficult because many nations do not record or report abortion rates. This is especially true in nations where abortion is illegal and no types of records are kept.

In these nations where abortion is illegal, you would think that abortion rates would be very low, but in fact, the very opposite may be true. Studies show that abortion rates may actually be much higher in nations where abortion is illegal. There are also higher risks and complications, including death of the mother, as a result of these illegal abortions.

However, abortion is legal in 58 of 193 member states of the United Nations. Just seven of the UN’s member states – Malta, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Chile, Nicaragua, and South Sudan – have made abortion illegal.

One of the most accurate ways to find abortion rates is through the World Abortion Policies reports created by the United Nations. These reports measure the number of abortions performed on women between the ages of 15 to 44. This rate measures the number of abortions per every 1,000 women in the country.

One of the nation’s with the highest rates of abortion is Russia. According to UN reports, Russia’s abortion rate is 37.4. In other words, for every 1,000 women between 15 to 44, 37.4 had an abortion.

Another nation with a high abortion rate is Cuba. According to data from the United Nations, Cuba had an abortion rate of 28.9.

Kazakhstan also has a high rate of abortion based on the UN’s reports. The abortion rate of this nation is 27.4. Georgia also has a high rate at 26.5.

Romania’s abortion rate is 21.3. Sweden is the last country with an abortion rate exceeding 20 based on UN data. This nation has an abortion rate of 20.8 based on the World Abortion Policies reports.

The abortion rates of other nations include:

United States: 19.6 Hungary: 19.4 China: 19.2 New Zealand: 18.2 France: 17.4 Norway: 16.2 Denmark: 15.2 Australia: 14.2 United Kingdom: 14.2 Canada: 13.7 Israel: 12.5 Spain: 11.7 Italy: 10.0 Netherlands: 9.7 Belgium: 9.2 Japan: 9.2 Portugal: 9.0 Greece: 7.2 Switzerland: 7.1 Costa Rica: 6.9 Germany: 6.1

* Abortion rates are per 1,000 women
Country Abortion Rate Population 2019
Vietnam35.296,462,106
Kazakhstan3518,551,427
Estonia33.31,325,648
Belarus31.79,452,411
Romania27.819,364,557
Ukraine27.543,993,638
Latvia27.31,906,743
Cuba24.811,333,483
China24.21,433,783,686
Hungary23.49,684,679
Mongolia21.73,225,167
Seychelles21.697,739
Bulgaria21.37,000,119
Sweden20.210,036,379
New Zealand19.74,783,063
Australia19.725,203,198
Georgia19.13,996,765
United Kingdom1767,530,172
France16.965,129,728
Dominican Republic1610,738,958
Kyrgyzstan15.86,415,850
Slovenia15.22,078,654
Norway15.25,378,857
Canada15.237,411,047
Denmark14.35,771,876
Iceland14.1339,031
Armenia13.92,957,731
Lithuania13.92,759,627
Israel13.98,519,377
Tajikistan12.69,321,018
Singapore12.65,804,337
Japan12.3126,860,301
Czech Republic12.210,689,209
Slovakia11.75,457,013
Finland11.15,532,156
Bahrain111,641,172
Italy10.660,550,075
Netherlands10.417,097,130
Albania9.62,880,917
Azerbaijan910,047,718
Tunisia8.611,694,719
Spain8.346,736,776
Uzbekistan7.832,981,716
Germany7.883,517,045
Belgium7.511,539,328
Switzerland7.38,591,365
Croatia5.74,130,304
Greece510,473,455
South Africa4.558,558,270
India3.11,366,417,754
Austria1.38,955,102
Qatar1.22,832,067
Portugal0.210,226,187
Mexico0.1127,575,529
Brazil0211,049,527
Poland037,887,768
Panama04,246,439