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The statistics certainly exist, at least for Sweden, Denmark and other places with comprehensive central citizen databases. The government keeps track of who are married, and the government keeps track of who gives birth. And the statistical service usually has fairly wide latitude to integrate disparate databases.

Whether such statistics are considered sufficiently relevant to routinely publish, that I don't know.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:40:13 PM EST
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True that, so I went looking for the parents instead (the different legal cathegories for children depending on parental status was abolished mid-20th century).

Found a big study!

They have looked at couples getting their first common kids born the year 2000 and followed if the parents live at the same adress before and after birth. Also if and when parents marry.

So the typical case in Sweden (55%) are first kid born to un-married parents living together. Then comes kids born to married parents that was living together before they married (30%), kids born to parents that are not married and not living together (10%) and kids born to parents that are married but have not lived together (5%).

Follow-up in 2010 showed about 70% of the same parents lived together (married or unmarried), with slightly above 70% in all groups except kids born to parents that were neither married nor lived together where about half now lived together (married or unmarried). About 50% of the total was living together and being married.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 6th, 2012 at 07:02:48 AM EST
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