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Half of Norwegian children live with married parents

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The proportion of children living with married parents has fallen markedly in recent decades, from 78 percent in 1988 to 55 percent in 2016. It is most common to live with married parents in Vest-Agder and Rogaland.

In total 76 percent of all children between 0 and 17 years live with both their parents. Of these, 54.9 per cent are married and 21 percent are cohabiting. The percentage of children living with only their mother or father, is 24.1 percent.
In Rogaland and Vest-Agder it is the most common for children to live with married parents. 64 per cent of children in the two counties do so.
– We also see that the proportion living with cohabiting parents nationwide has increased from 5 to 21 per cent, says senior adviser Anders Falnes-Dalheim in SSB.
Nordland, Finnmark and Nord-Trøndelag had the lowest proportion of married parents, cohabiting is strongest in both Trøndelag counties and in Nordland.
Vest-Agder has the lowest proportion of children living with cohabiting parents.
The proportion of children living with only one parent is greatest in the three northernmost counties, where roughly three out of ten live with one parent.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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