What Is the Infant Mortality Rate In the United States Compared To Other Countries?

In the United States, about 7 of every 1,000 babies born alive don’t live to be a year old.

Although that rate is considered good, it’s not as good as in several other countries, mainly because many women in the United States still do not receive adequate healthcare.

Babies born in Iceland have the best chance of making it to age 1, fewer than 3 of every 1,000 babies there die before their first birthday.

In Japan the infant mortality rate is not quite 4 of every 1,000.

Other nations that have a better infant mortality rate than the United States include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Taiwan.

For the world as a whole, the infant mortality rate is 59 babies of every 1,000 born.

The worst infant mortality rate in the world is in Angola, where 196 of every 1,000 babies die before their first birthday.

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