Monday, April 25, 2016
The Non-Marital Birth Rate is Falling in Eastern Europe
The different regions of Europe have long had different marriage and marital birth rates. The Scandinavians had more non-marital births before the welfare state and secularization. The Eastern Europeans had fewer even before communism.
In general, the non-marital birth rate has been rising in Europe. The Nordic countries may have peaked, with just over half of children now born out of wedlock.
The really interesting development, though, is that the non-marital birth rate is falling in Eastern Europe. As the weight of communist anti-religion is lifting and new generations rebuild old traditions of the region, Eastern Europe bucks the trend of the rest of Europe.