Book Chapter

Trends in childbearing and nuptiality in Sweden, 1961(71)-1997

Andersson, G.
In: Tedebrand, L.-G., Sköld, P. (Eds.): Nordic demography in history and present-day society, 67–100
Scandinavian population studies 12
Umeå, Sweden, Umeå University (2001)


The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of a system for presenting trends in family dynamics in contemporary Sweden. We use annual indexes of birth rates in order to display trends in childbearing for Swedish women over the years since 1961. We use similar annual indexes of marriage risks and divorce risks to display nuptiality trends in Sweden since 1971. We decompose the overall trends in fertility and nuptiality and present separate period indexes for women with different numbers of children. All our indexes are produced by applying indirect standardisation to register data which cover practically all of the Swedish female population. Our indexes give accurate information about changes in the propensity to give birth, to marry, and to divorce from one year to another.
Keywords: Sweden, fertility trends, nuptiality
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