Household and family development in the Nordic countries: An overview
Solveig Glestad Christiansen
Christiansen Nordic Journal of Political Economy 2014 39
There have been major changes to the household and family structure in the Nordic countries during the past 50 years. The number of households has increased much faster than the population, leading to a significant drop in average household size. The reasons are multifaceted including lower fertility, a rise in divorces, more cohabiting relationships - which are less stable than marriages and fewer elderly living with relatives. I will in this article look at the main developments in Nordic household and family structure during the last decades as well as expected future changes, consider different age groups and look at children’s living arrangements.