Family Forerunners? An Overview of Family Demographic Change in Sweden

Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 7)


The last half a century has witnessed swift changes in patterns of family formation and family dissolution in developed countries, followed by increased attention to these changes and to the causes and consequences of such change. In the wake of these developments, the field of family demography has developed in new directions. In the European context, Sweden and the other Nordic countries have frequently been referred to as forerunners in many aspects of family change, and these countries have gained much attention in family-demographic research. In the current contribution, we give an overview of the current state of Swedish family-demographic affairs.



Parts of this text build on the introductory chapter of the Ph.D thesis of the first author. The three authors are otherwise grateful for financial support from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), via the Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE), grant registration number 349-2007-8701, and the Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM), grant 340-2013-5164.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Södertörn University School of Social SciencesHuddingeSweden

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