New fertility trends in Norway

Trude Lappegård

Date Received:11 February 2000
Date Published:16 March 2000

Behind a stable and relatively high fertility level in Norway during the 1990s we find increasing differences in the pattern of fertility both in regard to the timing of the first childbirth and number of children born. In this paper, data from the Central Population Register in Norway are used to provide a review of recent fertility trends and discuss the consequences of education level on differences in fertility patterns. The paper will also provide some indication of aspects that will be dealt with in future projects.

Author's affiliation:
Trude Lappegård is with the Division for Social and Demographic Research; Statistics Norway, Oslo, Norway

Table of Contents:
1    Introduction
2    Trends in first childbirth
3    Trends in childlessness
4    Number of children born
5    Summary and guidelines for future projects
6    Acknowledgements

Keywords: family policy, fertility, Norway, gender equality

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1. Introduction

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New fertility trends in Norway
Trude Lappegård
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