Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality?<sup>1</sup>

Marit Rønsen and Kari Skrede

in Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346452
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303015 | DOI:
Nordic fertility patterns: compatible with gender equality?1

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This chapter discusses the connection between the policies of parenthood and fertility levels. It argues that the role of family policies in maintaining high fertility levels is often overstated. It also determines that the current Nordic fertility patterns indicate that a sustainable level of fertility in the long run is dependent on parenthood policies with stronger incentives for gender equality. The chapter also discusses the fertility development of the Nordic countries and the ‘Nordic model of family welfare’, and introduces the concept of fertility dynamics.

Keywords: fertility levels; family policy; Nordic fertility patterns; parenthood policies; gender equality; Nordic model of family welfare; fertility dynamics

Chapter.  8595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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