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Children and young people

How is the well-being of children and young people?

Note: Below, we provide links to Statistics Denmark and others  who make statistics on the subject. In some instances, the sources referred to below have content in Danish only or limited content in English.

The Danish Center for Social Science Research (VIVE) has released several publications on the well-being of children and young people:

  • "SPOR – Børns udvikling og trivsel gennem livet" (2021) (in Danish) is a report based on a longitudinal study of the development and well-being of children and deals with issues such as screen time, time in institutions, parents with a low level of well-being. 

You can also read about the lifestyle and health behaviour of young people in the national survey “Den Nationale Sundhedsprofil” from the Danish Health Authority:

  • You can find historic information on the subject in the so-called MULD surveys (in Danish).

Two organisations, Børns Vilkår and TrygFonden, compile statistics on the prevalence of fourteen types of child neglect, whether in the home and close surroundings, in school and under the care of authorities and in society as a whole

  • Their status report on the neglect of children in Denmark, "Status 2022 – Svigt af børn i Danmark" (in Danish), includes information from the Agency of Family Law on the annual number of custody and parent visitation cases.

Every four years, the Danish contribution to the international survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children, "Skolebørnsundersøgelsen", is published, last by the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), with information on the health and well-being of children, their health habits and social relations.

Knowledge and facts about so-called worrisome absenteeism can be found at:

In "Børns digitale liv" (2023) (in Danish), published by Algoritmer, Data & Demokrati, the children themselves answer questions about their well-being, security and concerns when using digital media.

How many children are victims of violence and abuse?

  • The longitudinal study of the development and well-being of children"SPOR – Børns udvikling og trivsel gennem livet" (2021) (in Danish) from VIVE (the Danish Center for Social Science Research) contains information on the number of children experiencing a heavy-handed upbringing.


How do children and young people spend their spare time?

  • In StatBank Denmark you can find tables of children’s sporting activities and members of sports clubs by age.
  • The StatBank Denmark tables are based on the surveys of Danes’ exercise and sports habits "danskernes motions- og sportsvaner" (in Danish) from The Danish Institute for Sports Studies.
  • An article looks into the declining share of children and young people with after-school jobs: "Andelen af børn og unge med fritidsjob faldt i 2020“ (in Danish). The article is from the "Bag Tallene” series from Statistics Denmark and examines the development in children and young people with after-school jobs from 2008 onwards.
  • The study "Børn og unge i Danmark - velfærd og trivsel 2022" (in Danish), released by VIVE includes questions about children and young people’s recreation activities in terms of computers, books, participation in sports, religious activities, parties and about their cultural experiences, such as visits to cinemas, theatres and museums. It also includes information on after-school jobs of the 15-year-olds and the 19-year-olds.

See also:

Media usage by children and young people, see FAQ on Media usage.
Juvenile delinquency, see FAQ on Crime.
Bullying among children, see FAQ on Bullying.
Overweight among children, see FAQ on Overweight and BMI.
The mental health of children and young people, see FAQ on Stress and mental disorders.
Young people and alcohol / Young people and drugs, see FAQ on Abuse/Addiction.
[This page was last reviewed in July 2023]


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