The Human Fertility Database


Creating the Human Fertility Database is a very challenging endeavor, and we are very grateful to all our colleagues from various research institutions and statistical agencies for their extensive help.

We also acknowledge the important contribution of the project co-founder and former project director Joshua R. Goldstein.

Institutional support

This project would not have been possible without the encouragement and financial support of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), Vienna, Austria. The European Commission funded the initial work by the VID as part of the project "Reproductive decision-making in a macro-micro perspective" (REPRO) in the Seventh Framework Programme (Grant Agreement: SSH-CT-2008-217173). Since February 2012 the work of the VID team (Kryštof Zeman and Tomáš Sobotka) was funded by the European Research Council under the European Union´s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant agreement nº 284238 (EURREP project).

Advisory Board

Our special gratitude for their valuable comments on the HFD methodology and general advice to the project is due to the members of the HFD Advisory Board:

  • Joshua R. Goldstein, University of California, Berkeley, Founding Director of the Human Fertility Database
  • John Wilmoth, UN Population Division
  • Laurent Toulemon, INED, Paris
  • Jean-Paul Sardon, INED, Paris
  • Wolfgang Lutz, VID, Vienna

Individual contributors

The HFD project greatly relies on the network that includes statistical agencies, other data holders, and country experts that help us in locating, documenting and accessing various data, understanding their origins, quality, and other important details. We thankfully acknowledge the contributions of the following researchers and institutions:


  • Anita Mikulasek, Statistics Austria
  • Richard Gisser, Vienna Institute of Demography


  • National Statistical Committee of Belarus


  • Yordan Kalchev, National Statistical Institute (NSI)
  • Nadezhda Karlezhova, NSI
  • Dimiter Philipov, Vienna Institute of Demography


  • René Houle, Statistics Canada, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Ottawa
  • Marcel Boudreau, Statistics Canada, Resource and Aboriginal Fisheries Management, Quebec
  • Statistics Canada


  • Ruben Castro, Public Policy Institute, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
  • Everton E. C. Lima, Center for Population Studies (NEPO), Brazil

Czech Republic

  • Tomáš Fiala, University of Economics, Prague
  • Radek Havel, Czech Statistical Office (CZSO)
  • Michaela Němečková, CZSO
  • Jiří Vejrych, CZSO


  • Allan Puur, Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre
  • Luule Sakkeus, Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre


  • Timo Nikander, Statistics Finland


  • Laurent Toulemon, Institut National d' Études Démographiques (INED)
  • Jean-Paul Sardon, INED
  • Magali Mazuy, INED


  • Olga Pötzsch, Federal Statistical Office of Germany
  • Michaela Kreyenfeld, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research


  • Michail Agorastakis, University of Thessaly, School of Engineering
  • Zacharoula Michou, University of Thessaly, School of Engineering


  • Ferenc Kamarás, Hungarian Central Statistical Office
  • Zsolt Spéder, HCSO Demographic Research Institute


  • Ahmad Hleihel, Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel
  • Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel


  • Antonella Guarneri, Division for Population Statistics, Istat
  • Sabrina Prati, Division for Population Statistics, Istat


  • Ryuichi Kaneko, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan


  • Baiba Zukula, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
  • Uldis Ušackis, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia


  • Vlada Stankuniene, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Statistics Lithuania


  • Germaine Thill, Statistics Luxembourg
  • François Peltier, Statistics Luxembourg


  • Elma Wobma, Statistics Netherlands
  • Trudy Lisci-Wessels, Statistics Netherlands
  • Joop de Beer, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
  • Mila van Huis, Statistics Netherlands
  • Hennie Roovers, Statistics Netherlands
  • Pieter Korving, Statistics Netherlands


  • Trude Lappegård, Statistics Norway
  • Rannveig V. Kaldager, Statistics Norway
  • Svein Holm, Statistics Norway


  • Krzysztof Tymicki, Warsaw School of Economics
  • Małgorzata Waligórsk, Central Statistical Office of Poland
  • Dorota Holzer-Żelażewska, Warsaw School of Economics


  • Maria Filomena Mendes, Universidade de Évora
  • Isabel Oliveira, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE)
  • Maria da Graça Magalhães, Instituto Nacional de Estatística


  • Evgueni Andreev, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research


  • Michaela Potančoková, Demographic Research Centre, Bratislava
  • Branislav Šprocha, Demographic Research Centre, Bratislava


  • Tina Žnidaršič, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Apolonija Oblak Flander, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia


  • Daniel Devolder, Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • Lotta Persson, Statistics Sweden
  • Johan Tollebrant, Statistics Sweden
  • Gunnar Andersson, Stockholm University


  • Stéphane Cotter, Swiss Federal Statistical Office
  • Corinne Di Loreto, Swiss Federal Statistical Office
  • Marcel Heiniger, Swiss Federal Statistical Office
  • Marion Burkimsher, University of Lausanne


  • Yu-Hua Chen, Population and Gender Studies Center, National Taiwan University


  • Julie Jefferies, Office for National Statistics
  • National Records of Scotland
  • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency


  • Svitlana Aksyonova, M. Ptoukha Institute of Demography and Social Studies at the National Academy of Sciences, Kiev


  • Ward Kingkade, US Census Bureau