Autism Rates By Country 2021

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Autism is a neurological and developmental condition related to brain development and impacts how individuals perceive and socialize with others. Signs are usually observed in the early childhood years. Autism is defined by a specific set of behaviors that affect a person’s ability to interact and communicate with others. There are different degrees of autism, but some common behaviors associated with this disability include poor motor skills, delayed speech, difficulties with reasoning, and very narrow interests.

In recent years, cases of autism have risen. For example, in 2016, about 1 in 54 children in the United States was identified with ASD by age 8. This is a 10% increase from 2014. No single cause has been identified, but early diagnosis is key to improved outcomes, although there is no cure and children do not grow out of this disability.

Tracking the rates of autism around the world is a bit of a challenge. This is because many nations do not track or report their autism rates. There are also no specific, uniform criteria for assessing autism. Even if there were, there are many nations that do not have the resources to conduct assessments.

The Global Health Data Exchange compiled the autism rates for all countries worldwide for people of any age. The countries with the lowest autism rates were developed countries in Europe. France has the lowest autism rates of 69.3 per 10,000 people or 1 in 144 people. Portugal follows with 70.5 per 10,000 or 1 in 142.

The ten countries with the lowest autism rates are;

  1. France: 69.3 per 10,000/1 in 144
  2. Portugal: 7.5 per 10,000/1 in 142
  3. Iceland: 71.9 per 10,000/1 in 139
  4. Norway: 72.0 per 10,000/1 in 139
  5. Italy: 72.0 per 10,000/1 in 139
  6. Germany: 72.2 per 10,000/1 in 139
  7. Greece: 72.4 per 10,000/1 in 138
  8. Austria: 72.6 per 10,000/1 in 138
  9. Belgium: 73.0 per 10,000/1 in 137
  10. Spain: 73.0 per 10,000/1 in 137

There are five countries with autism rates above 100 per 10,000. These countries are:

  1. Qatar: 151.2 per 10,000/1 in 66
  2. United Arab Emirates: 112.4 per 10,000/ 1 in 89
  3. Oman: 107.2 per 10,000/1 in 93
  4. Bahrain: 103.3 per 10,000/1 in 97
  5. Saudi Arabia: 100.7 per 10,000/1 in 99

Here are the 10 countries with the highest autism rates:

  1. Qatar (151.20 per 10k children)
  2. United Arab Emirates (112.40 per 10k children)
  3. Oman (107.20 per 10k children)
  4. Bahrain (103.30 per 10k children)
  5. Saudi Arabia (100.70 per 10k children)
  6. Kuwait (97.70 per 10k children)
  7. Jordan (92.10 per 10k children)
  8. Syria (91.90 per 10k children)
  9. Afghanistan (91.20 per 10k children)
  10. Palestine (91 per 10k children)

Autism Rates By Country 2021

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Autism Rates By Country 2021

Country Prevalence per 10,000 Children
Qatar151.20
United Arab Emirates112.40
Oman107.20
Bahrain103.30
Saudi Arabia100.70
Kuwait97.70
Jordan92.10
Syria91.90
Afghanistan91.20
Palestine91
Sweden90.80
Libya90.60
Yemen90.40
Iran90.30
Sudan90.10
Mexico89.90
Lebanon89.80
Iraq89.40
Algeria89.40
Egypt89.40
India88.50
Bhutan88.40
Morocco88.40
Australia88.20
Honduras88
Tunisia87.90
Turkey87.80
Costa Rica87.70
Nicaragua87.50
Panama87.40
Venezuela87
Pakistan86.70
Guatemala86.50
Kenya86.50
Canada86.40
Belize85.90
Colombia85.80
Japan85.80
Grenada85.60
Greenland85.50
New Zealand85.50
Bermuda85.40
Dominican Republic85.30
Bangladesh85.30
Jamaica85
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines84.80
Guyana84.80
Eswatini84.80
Lesotho84.80
Tajikistan84.80
Dominica84.70
Suriname84.60
Zimbabwe84.50
Ecuador84.50
Peru84.50
Botswana84.10
Comoros84
Zambia84
Uganda84
Paraguay83.90
Bolivia83.90
Somalia83.90
Saint Lucia83.80
Eritrea83.80
Haiti83.70
El Salvador83.60
South Africa83.60
Indonesia83.60
North Macedonia83.50
Malawi83.50
Ethiopia83.40
Equatorial Guinea83.30
Albania83.30
Mauritania83.30
Cuba83.30
Nepal83.30
Montenegro83.20
Kyrgyzstan83.20
Republic Of The Congo83.10
Ivory Coast83.10
Tanzania83.10
Gabon83
Uzbekistan83
Samoa82.90
Timor Leste82.90
Trinidad And Tobago82.90
Namibia82.90
Nigeria82.90
Bosnia And Herzegovina82.80
Madagascar82.80
Angola82.80
Bahamas82.70
Turkmenistan82.70
Mali82.70
Sao Tome And Principe82.60
Maldives82.60
Solomon Islands82.60
Cameroon82.50
Dr Congo82.50
Brazil82.50
Gambia82.40
Liberia82.40
Chad82.40
Mongolia82.30
South Sudan82.30
Marshall Islands82.20
Papua New Guinea82.20
Mozambique82.20
Central African Republic82.10
Togo82.10
American Samoa82
Slovakia82
Guinea82
Ghana82
Northern Mariana Islands81.90
Puerto Rico81.90
Azerbaijan81.90
Benin81.90
Chile81.90
Niger81.90
Slovenia81.80
Philippines81.80
Tonga81.70
Czech Republic81.70
Serbia81.60
Senegal81.60
Malaysia81.60
Vanuatu81.50
Djibouti81.50
Argentina81.40
Guinea Bissau81.30
Sierra Leone81.30
Poland81.20
Barbados81.10
Fiji81.10
Seychelles80.90
United States80.90
Uruguay80.80
Laos80.80
Kazakhstan80.70
Croatia80.60
Guam80.50
Vietnam80.50
Moldova80.30
Kiribati80.10
Cambodia80.10
Bulgaria80
Romania80
Hungary79.90
Mauritius79.80
United States Virgin Islands79.70
China79.70
Myanmar79.30
Georgia78.90
Sri Lanka78.70
Armenia78.20
United Kingdom78.10
Thailand78.10
Ireland77.80
Belarus77.70
Estonia77.60
Taiwan77.20
Russia77.10
Ukraine77
Lithuania76.90
North Korea76.40
Latvia76.30
Israel75.10
Luxembourg74.60
Malta74.30
Andorra74.10
Cyprus73.90
Denmark73.80
Switzerland73.80
Netherlands73.80
Finland73.20
Belgium73
Spain73
Austria72.60
Greece72.40
Germany72.20
Norway72
Italy72
Iceland71.90
Portugal70.50
France69.30

Autism Rates By Country 2021