About the speaker
Kåre Bævre is researcher at the Department of Health and Inequality and at the Centre for Fertility and Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
About the presentation
The Scandinavian countries have the most comprehensive historical population statistics in the world. As the basis for this paper I have collected all relevant published data on population, deaths and births pertaining to Swedish, Danish and Norwegian counties (“län”,”amt”,”fylke”) and supplemented with available information from primary sources (censuses, church books). This compilation of data allows for the construction of regional life tables and fertility tables 1830-2018. I study the seminal trends in regional patterns. The three countries serve as useful contrasts with respect to the nature of regions. Denmark is a small geographically homogenous country, while Sweden and Norway both have much more diverse topography but differ quite a lot in overall development of rural-urban structural divides.