The UK has a high number of teenage pregnancies with about 27 out of 1,000 births by girls aged 15-19. Britain's teen pregnancy rate, however, is still far below that of the United States, which registers 44 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19.
To put those rates in perspective, here are the rates for some other Western countries:
- Australia: 17 per 1,000
- Canada: 11 per 1,000
- Spain: 10 per 1,000
- France: 8 per 1,000
- The Netherlands: 5 per 1,000
I think it's fascinating that The Netherlands, which is one of the most sexually liberated countries on the earth (with their red light district and legalized prostitution) has such a low teen pregnancy rate. I think that when a society is open and honest about sex, people are better educated about the risks and take more precautions.
*Stats for this blog entry were taken from this CBC article.