Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Befolkningsfrågan i press och politik, 1994-2004.
Abstract: In this study population development is examined as the
issue has been approached by printed media and to some extent politics
during the period 1994–2004 in Sweden. Using bibliographic databases and
particular word search the major Swedish newspapers were examined together
with political documents. A bibliographic study together with a study of
the actual articles written show that population development has been
discussed from two points of views.
In the beginning of the period
issues on regional population development dominated the debate. Focus was
on areas that lost or gained population and the consequences thereof. A
large part of Sweden lost in population numbers and only a few regions
gained population, mainly the growth areas in and around the large cities.
The future of these areas as regard population and economic development was
discussed as well as regional politics. Towards the end of the 1990s focus
shifted to the issue of the ageing population and low birth rates in Sweden
as well as in other western countries. Questions were asked about the
effects on society of the retirement of the large baby-boom cohort of the
1940s. Labour market issues, such as the need for labour market
immigration, were raised as a shortage of labour is predicted as this group
retires. The costs of an increased amount of future pensions and the
expected change to the demands on welfare that the 1940s cohort may have
were other subjects discussed.
In summary an increased interest in
population issues could be noticed towards the end of the 1990s and into
the new millennium as another aspect of population development was
Keywords: Befolkningsfrågan; i; press; o; politik; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J10; (follow links to similar papers)
60 pages, June 2005
ISSN 1652-120X ISBN 91-89655-68-0
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