– Norway must be an attractive country to have children in

– Norway must be an attractive country to have children in
– Norway must be an attractive country to have children in
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The government will find the reasons for the low birth rates in Norway.

The total fertility rate has never before been lower in Norway. The government wants to find out why we are having fewer children than before, how it affects society, and possible measures to reverse the trend.

– Norway must be an attractive country to have children in. Low birth rates over time can have a great impact on society. Surveys also indicate that Norwegians have fewer children than they would like. The government will now, for the first time in history, set up a birth rate committee to investigate why, and what the public can do to make it easier for parents to have the children they want, says Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (Sp) in a press release.

The committee’s task is to present a professionally updated analysis of the reasons behind the changes in birth rates, potential effects and proposed measures to change the trend.

The government has already introduced several measures to prioritize families with children, such as strengthening the parental allowance scheme, reduced nursery prices and increased child benefit. Free part-time places at SFO have also been introduced for 1st and 2nd stage, and from the autumn also for 3rd stage.

Toppe points out, however, that there is a need to better understand how such measures affect birth rates and that there may be other social conditions that play a role in the decision to have children. She expects that the committee can contribute to a better understanding of the connection between social structures, politics and birth rates.

The article is in Norwegian

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