Bulgaria & Hungary

Despite the deeply routed historical and cultural differences between Bulgaria and Hungary, the demographic tendencies observed in these two countries after the Second World War show some similarities, especially if viewed from a western European perspective. Before 1990, features typically found in both countries were a dominance of the two-child family model with a very low level of extra-marital childbirths, early marriage and an early start and end of childbearing. After the political and economic transition in 1989/90, the demographic patterns dramatically changed in both Bulgaria and Hungary. A marked postponement of the entry into motherhood with an increasing proportion of children being born out of wedlock, the emergence of new forms of partnership and a decline in the overall fertility rates are examples of features characterising these two countries in this period » more (46-page report)


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