Norway: Babyland by Fredrik Naumann*

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Three month old Jenny struggles to stay awake as her mother Marit Helland listens to a book reading. An activity aimed at the parents rather than the babies, libraries invite authors to read on special "book 'n' baby" days..In contrast to most European countries, the Norwegian birth rate is a healthy 1.9. Norway's reputation as a child friendly society is partially founded on a succession of government initiatives to improve parents' rights and economic circumstances.