Children and family


Foreldre og barn

Every year, around 60,000 children are born in Norway. Women in Norway have close to two children on average. Three out of four children live together with both parents. One out of four lives with either one parent or together with one parent and their new spouse.

Ungt par Mor, far og to barn Homofilt par Eldre par Far og datter

Three out of four couples who live together are married. The remaining 25% live together but are unmarried. The average age for getting married the first time is over 30 for both men and women. Many people live together for several years before marrying. Around 10,000 married couples divorce every year.

There are very many people in Norway living alone.



Most people in Norway are part of a family. Some people live with other family members, while others live alone. Those who live alone also often have family, but their family may live in a different house, a different city or a different country.


A household is made up of people who live together and share expenses. A household can consist of one or more persons. Close to 40 percent of people in Norway live alone or together with only one other person.