The Role of the Nuclear Family
The country of Norway is
unique. Its people enjoy a quiet and peaceful life where old
traditions and new ideas blend together to form a culture that sets
itself apart. With a population of over five million people, the
citizens of Norway enjoy one of the highest standards of living to
any other country in the world. However, the culture of Norway, like
other countries, has its own set of struggles that is at the
forefront of social issues.
One of the main cultural issues facing Norway today is the decline
of the family unit.
Norway, like many other countries, is beginning to see a decline in
the typical nuclear family. More adults in Norway prefer
cohabitation and civil unions rather than a traditional marriage.
More children are being born and raised from parents that aren't
married, but choose to have civil unions instead.
Divorce rates are higher in Norway in the post World War II era.
Part of the blame lies with the Norwegian government itself. The
welfare system in Norway strongly supports mothers and children,
even if there is a civil union or no union at all. Therefore, it's
easier for women to maintain a level of independence outside of
marriage, but still have the support from the government that's
needed to help raise a child.
Despite all of this, the nuclear family is still important in
Norwegian culture. To this effect, Norwegian law helps strengthen
and promote the nuclear family. Parents are allowed up to 43 weeks
of paid leave between them to raise a newborn child. Parents of
school aged children are each allowed up to 10 days of personal
leave to care for a sick child at home. The goal of such legislation
is to strengthen the relationships created within the nuclear family
to promote lasting and permanently strong families, which greatly
benefits the Norwegian society.
Although family is a cultural stigma that is facing Norway, the
measures taken to insure the security of the nuclear family are in
place, which also enhances the prosperity of the country in the
future. Only time will tell if such measures are good enough to
preserve Norway's culture.
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