Volume 11 - Article 4 | Pages 95-110

Demographic trends in Sweden: An update of childbearing and nuptiality up to 2002

By Gunnar Andersson

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Date received:29 Jul 2003
Date published:27 Aug 2004
Word count:1150
Keywords:fertility, fertility trends, nuptiality, nuptiality trends, Sweden
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2004.11.4
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Abstract

In the present note, we present the main features of recent trends in vital family-demographic behavior in Sweden. For this purpose, published indices of marriage, divorce, and childbearing risks by calendar year are updated by adding another two or three years of observation to our series.
We demonstrate that the latest trend reversal in Swedish birth rates, which occurred at the end of the 1990s, continued to manifest itself in increasing propensities for childbearing during the early years of the 21st century. The rise pertains to all birth orders. Marriage propensities showed an increase as well, however, to a large extent expressed in a short-term development that was prevalent at the turn of the millennium. The previous long-term trend of rising divorce risks leveled off during the first two years of the new century.

Author's Affiliation

Gunnar Andersson - Stockholm University, Sweden [Email]

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