Quiz: After Mexico, which OECD country has the highest rate of teen births?

For those of you who don't subscribe to the bimonthly print edition of Foreign Policy, you're missing a great feature: the FP Quiz. It has eight intriguing questions about how the world works.

The question I'd like to highlight this week is:

After Mexico, which OECD country has the highest rate of teen births?

a) Czech Republic      b) Turkey       c) United States 

Answer after the jump …


C, United States.

Of every 1,000 American females ages 15 to 19 in 2005, 49.8 had a baby, more than three times the OECD average of 15.5. Of the 30 OECD countries (which are mainly high-income Western countries), only Mexico, with 65.8 births per 1,000, was higher. Japan and South Korea had the lowest rates, both at just 3.7, according to the OECD.

And the high rate of U.S. teen births isn't due to a lower abortion rate. The United States is a leader at 19.8 abortions per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in 2004, compared with, for example, Germany's 2003 rate of 7.2 per 1,000, according to information compiled by the group Advocates for Youth.

Below are teen birthrates in each of the 30 OECD countries. (And for more questions about how the world works, check out the rest of the FP Quiz. )

Births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19, in 2005:

  • Mexico: 65.8
  • United States: 49.8
  • Turkey: 39.7
  • Britain: 24.8
  • New Zealand: 23.4
  • Hungary: 20.7
  • Slovakia: 20.0
  • Portugal: 18.1
  • Iceland: 16.9
  • OECD average: 15.5
  • Poland: 14.5
  • Australia: 14.3
  • Ireland: 13.5
  • Canada: 13.2
  • Austria: 12.3
  • Czech Republic: 11.4
  • Germany: 9.8
  • Finland: 9.7
  • Norway: 9.4
  • Spain: 9.1
  • Greece: 8.7
  • Luxembourg: 8.6
  • Belgium: 7.8
  • Italy: 6.8
  • Sweden: 6.8
  • France: 6.7
  • Denmark: 6.6
  • Netherlands: 4.7
  • Switzerland: 4.5
  • South Korea: 3.7
  • Japan: 3.7

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Pakistani ambassador rejected because his name is NSFW in Arabic [UPDATED]

Update: Akbar Zeb has denied this story and the original article appears to be false.  

Despite having served for years as a distinguished Pakistani diplomat, Akbar Zeb reportedly cannot receive accreditation as Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The reason, apparently, has nothing to do with his credentials, and everything to do with his name -- which, in Arabic, translates to "biggest dick":

In Saudi Arabia, size does count.

A high level Pakistani diplomat has been rejected as Ambassador of Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zib, equates to "Biggest Dick" in Arabic. Saudi officials, apparently overwhelmed by the idea of the name, put their foot down and gave the idea of his being posted there, the kibosh.

According to this Arabic-language article in the Arab Times, Pakistan had previously floated Zeb's name as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, only to have him rejected for the same reason. One can only assume that submitting Zeb's name to a number of Arabic-speaking countries is some unique form of punishment designed by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry -- or the result of a particularly egregious cockup.