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Population and Education, Social Statistics
Dorthe Larsen
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Households, Families and Children

The statistics on households and families describe the total population living in Denmark. Statistics are produced covering three different kinds of units: households, families and persons. The statistics describe these units on the basis of household- and family-related variables (e.g. type of family, size of family, type of household). The basis for the statistics consists solely of CPR data on sex, age, marital status, references to spouses and parents, and address specification. The address data form the basis of the division into households, municipalities and regions.

Data description

The statistics describe households and families and number of persons within households and families.

New concepts and definitions were introduced in 2008 to replace the previously produced household and family statistics. The concepts in the statistics used until 2007 are not comparable to the present ones. Files on household and family statistics from 1980 to 2007 are satisfactorily comparable with regard to most points, but not comparable from 2008 and onwards. In http://www.statbank.dk there are comparable data from 1986 and onwards.

Classification system

The following classifications are used:

Sector coverage

Not relevant for these statistics.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Household: Households consists of all persons resident at the same address, irrespective of family ties. Consequently, a household may comprise more than one family.

Type of household:

  • A single man
  • A single woman
  • A married couple
  • Other couples
  • A child below 18 years not living with parents, who has no children, who has never been married and who is not a part of a couple.
  • Other households including more than one family

Family: Persons in a family live on the same address. A family consists of a single person or a couple with or without children.

Children living at home are considered to be a part of their parents family, if they:

  • Lives at the same address as at least one of the parents
  • Are under 25 years
  • Have never been married or in a registered partnership
  • Have no children of their own

A couple is two persons living together and part of one of the following four types:

  • Married couples
  • Registered partnerships
  • Couple living in consensual union. The two persons are not married or in registered partnerships with each other, but they have at least one child in common
  • Cohabiting couples. Two persons of different sex living at the same address and who have no joint children are regarded as a cohabiting couple, if the age difference is less than 15 years, and if no other adults live at the address.

Children below 18 years not living with their parents are considered their own family if:

  • They are not living with either of the parents
  • They are below 18 years
  • They have never been married or in registered partnership
  • They have no children of their own
  • They are not a part of a cohabiting couple

The family can be identified by a FAMILIE_ID, which can be followed over time:

  • A single person has a FAMILIE_ID of it's own and it does not change as long as the person continues to be single. A couple keep it's FAMILIE_ID as long as the two persons are a couple. Children living at home have the same FAMILIE_ID as the adult in the family.
  • If the persons in a couple move apart, they each get a new FAMILIE_ID.
  • If two persons move in together and become a couple, they both get the same new FAMILIE_ID.
  • If a person in a couple dies, the surviving spouse or partner and their joint children living at home get a new common FAMILIE_ID. Other children of the deceased living at the address get a new FAMILIE_ID.
  • When the family changes type of family (e.g. from couples in consensual union to a married couple) or a married couple get divorced, but still lives together, the FAMILIE_ID remains unchanged.
  • As due to the family information is only compiled quarterly, a new FAMILIE_ID is first shown in the following quarter.

Family with children: There are different definitions of families with children in the statistics.

In http://http://http://http://www.statbank.dk/10012 families with children are in the tables FAM44N and FAM44B defined as families with children living at home.

In http://http://http://www.statbank.dk/10012 families with children are in the tables BRN9-BRN16 only defined by their age. In most cases as persons aged 0-17 years.

The in-residence family of the child is where the child has his/her address.

If the parents of the child are living at two different addresses, the visiting family is where the child does not have his/her address.

Children: There are different definitions of children in the statistics.

In http://http://http://www.statbank.dk/10012 children in the tables FAM133N and FAM111N are defined in the following ways:

either

Children living at home are included in their families, if they:

  • Are living on the same address with at least oneof their parents
  • Are below 25 years
  • Have never been married or in registered partnership
  • Have no children of their own

or

Children below 18 years not living with parents are considered to be their own family, if they:

  • Are not living with either of their parents
  • Are below 18 years
  • Have never been married or in registered partnership
  • Have no children of their own
  • Are not a part of a cohabiting couple

In http://http://http://www.statbank.dk/10012 children in the tables BRN9-BRN16 are only defined by their age. In most cases as persons aged 0-17 years.

Separate children are children, who have address at only one parent and this parent's new partner.

Visiting children are children, who have address at the other parent.

Siblings: Siblings can be full-, half- or step-siblings.

Full-siblings have the same father and mother.

Half-siblings have either the same father or the same mother.

Step-siblings are children of the new partner of the father or the mother. The partner must have the same address as either the father or the mother.

Statistical unit

Households, families, adults and children.

Statistical population

Population resident in Denmark on 1st January

Reference area

Denmark.

Time coverage

1986-

Base period

Not relevant for these statistics.

Unit of measure

Persons, families and households.

Reference period

01-01-2017 - 31-01-2017

Frequency of dissemination

Annually.

Legal acts and other agreements

The Act on Statistics Denmark according to announcement no. 599 June 22 2000.

Cost and burden

None.

Comment

Link to homepage concerning households, families and children