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Family Policies in Norway

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Norway has become a liberal leader in family policies, gender equality, equal workforce participation, children’s rights and equality, and in supporting sexual equality. This has been supported by money from oil revenues, international involvement/engagement, and domestic policy shifts. While Norway is not perfect, it continues to push forward, such as with its Ombudsman for Children. The Directorate of Children, Youth and Family Affairs handles family policies in Norway. This department is responsible for developing family-life and cohabitation policies as well as legislation affecting children and families. Family affairs policy, family law, and gender equity policy are also managed by the directorate. Current issues impacting family policy in Norway are discussed in this chapter.

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Baran, M.L., Diehnelt, E.E., Jones, J.E. (2014). Family Policies in Norway. In: Robila, M. (eds) Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe. Springer, New York, NY.

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