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From extended family to nuclear family

As elsewhere in the world, the family is an important part of people's lives in Norwegian society. However, what constitutes a normal family depends on who you ask and on the context. In the old farming society, the extended family was the most common family structure in Norway. Several generations lived together and cooperated on providing care. In the 19th and 20th centuries, people began moving from the countryside to towns, and the family structure changed. The nuclear family gradually became the most common type of family in Norway. A nuclear family consists of a mother and father and one or more children.

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