Since 2010, fertility rates have fallen in the Nordic countries. In Norway, the total fertility rate was 1.98 in 2009, but has since then continuously decreased and reached with 1.62 a historic low in 2017. As the trend continued, this historic number was already surpassed one year later, with a total fertility rate of 1,56 in 2018. A similar trend has been observed in other Nordic countries, with historic low numbers in Finland and Iceland. The primary objectives of the project are:

  1. Identify the causes behind the recent decline in fertility in Norway in comparison with the Nordic countries and other European countries
  2. Analyze which social groups face barriers in their plans for family formation in different contexts

Project manager: Lars Dommermuth


  • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • University of Florence
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stockholm
  • University of Turku

Funder: Norwegian research council (project number 287634)

Project period: 2019-2023

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