Today Highlight: 11.09.2007

Netherlands: Fewer people died…

Death rate drops again
Tuesday 11 September 2007

The number of people dying in the Netherlands dropped again in the first half of 2007, reports the national statistics bureau CBS. There were fewer deaths among the over-70s in particular. If the trend continues, 10,000 fewer people will die this year than in 2002.

Norway: more good times in Norway…

Economic growth leaves others in the dust
10 Sep 2007, 11:28

Norway’s oil-fuelled economic growth has outpaced all other western countries durng the past four years, and statistics experts think the good Norway’s economic growth is expected to keep rolling.
Norwegian statistics bureau SSB (Statistisk sentralbyrå) has released new data indicating that unemployment is expected to fall even further, remain at a low level and contribute to high wage growth.
SSB officials cited “good growth in Norwegian export markets, strong growth in petroleum investments, increased public sector demand and low interest rates” as the main factors behind “the strong and lasting upturn” in the Norwegian economy.

Sweden: Every year, about 20 thousands couples in Sweden get divorced…

Summer sees divorce rates soar
Published: 10th September 2007 16:54 CET

Almost 1,400 couples in the capital city opted to terminate their marriages between July 1st and September 7th, Aftonbladet reports. This represented an increase of 15 percent compared to the same period last year.
For many couples the summer holidays provide an opportunity for reflection and a realization that their relationship just isn’t working anymore.
“Some people have already made the decision in advance but decide to wait until they are free and have time to sort out the practicalities,” family counsellor Sverker Wadstein told Aftonbladet.

Denmark: oh, I wonder what could be the reasons…

Nearly every fourth man childless

A new study shows that more than one out of five Danish men never have children because they do not find the right partner.
Danish men have a hard time finding the right woman, which is why more than 22 percent will never experience fatherhood.
That conclusion is based on the results of a study from the Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI), which found that 22.7 percent of men 44 and over have never produced a child.
Mogens Christoffersen, senior researcher with the institute, said the figure is high and added that the study suggested many men are simply unable to find women who want to be a part of their lives.
‘We’re typically talking about young men with a low social status who have neither found success in the marriage market nor on the job market,’ Christoffersen told Nyhedsavisen newspaper.
The SFI study took several factors into consideration, including a person’s age, employment status and marriage status.
In contrast to the men, only 14 percent of Danish women of child-bearing age have never given birth. Those women who have passed on the baby experience typically did so in favour of their careers, according to Christoffersen.

Finland: the religiousity…

Survey: No Great Changes in Finnish Religious Attitudes
Published 10.09.2007, 11.07 (updated 10.09.2007, 14.13)

The study found that nearly two thirds of people identify themselves religious, just over one third as non-religious, and three percent as committed atheists.
Nearly half of Finns believe in one God, and nearly one third in some kind of spirit or life force. Only seven percent do not believe in the existence of any God, spirit, or life force.