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Anne Daguerre and Corinne Nativel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346780

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.001.0001

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Teenage reproductive behaviour in Denmark and Norway: lessons from the Nordic welfare state

Teenage reproductive behaviour in Denmark and Norway: lessons from the Nordic welfare state

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(p.161) Eight Teenage reproductive behaviour in Denmark and Norway: lessons from the Nordic welfare state
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When children become parents
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Lisbeth B. Knudsen

Ann-Karin Valle

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.003.0008

This chapter shows that the politics of teenage pregnancy in Denmark and Norway are oriented towards the prevention of unwanted pregnancy, induced abortion and securing the right to reproductive health. The chapter examines teenage reproductive behaviour and policies in Denmark and Norway, two countries with striking similarities rooted in similar historical conditions. Focus is given on the ‘Nordic similarities’, even though the countries display cultural, normative and ideological differences in relation to adolescents' sexual and reproductive behaviour, which is reflected in the patterns of childbearing and induced abortions. Data show that prevention of teenage pregnancy and of unsafe sex among youth is a priority in both Denmark and Norway; however, it has also been shown that in Norway, the provision of sex education programmes in schools remain uneven and haphazard in contrast to Denmark. Furthermore, public spending allocated to research into youth sexual and reproductive health remains very limited in Norway.

Keywords:   Denmark, Norway, reproductive behaviour, adolescents, sex education, culture, teenage pregnancy, youth

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