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Recent updates of the HFD and the HFC

The Human Fertility Database (HFD) and the Human Fertility Collection (HFC) are joint projects of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) in Vienna, Austria. Data from both collections are available free of charge for research purposes. 


Human Fertility Database (HFD)

The Human Fertility Database (HFD) offers detailed and high-quality data for monitoring, analysing, comparing and forecasting aspects of fertility such as births, different kinds of fertility rates and mean ages at childbearing. Its high level of detail, as well as the uniformity of methods and data design, makes the HFD a key resource for the comparative analysis of fertility issues across countries and regions.

The most recent update of the HFD included new data for Finland (until 2012), Norway (2014), Canada (until 2011), Belarus and Sweden (until 2014).

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Human Fertility Collection (HFC)

The Human Fertility Collection (HFC) has been designed to supplement the Human Fertility Database (HFD) and to incorporate a variety of international fertility data that are valuable for fertility research, but do not meet all quality standards of the HFD.

The recent developments of the HFC extended its geographic coverage to 100 countries (such as Jordan) and data for 40 countries have been recently updated. As a result, it is now possible to access the latest available data for Finland, France and the U.S., just to name a few.

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