They are, for the most part, very similar to American ones, but in a way I didn’t expect once I looked into the data. They have nearly the same percentages of women having 3 or 4 kids as America does (so, about 25% or so combined). They have a similar pattern of fewer women signing onto the motherhood project, but the ones that remain having 2-3 and a bit less often than in America 4 or more. It’s not a sea of women having just one and grudgingly two at all.
I have run into a lot of references to having three kids in English-language articles about various Scandinavian countries and it turns out that is partly because a three child family is not actually that uncommon in those countries.
This is interesting. I tried to see if this was true in non-Scandi Europe (France, Germany, UK), but the data wasn’t laid out for English speakers in a way that made this easy to find, so I still have no idea if it’s true with them too. It’s also pretty SWEET that Scandinavian countries put up some pretty elaborate birth data charts ‘n’ graphs in English.