Fewer people get married in Denmark

13:09, March 24, 2010      

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A total of 32,934 couples in Denmark promised themselves in marriage last year – a drop of 12 percent, compared with the number in 2008, marking the lowest number of weddings in Denmark since 1993, according to the latest statistics from Statistics Denmark.

The drop in the number of weddings is as significant among first-time marriages as in those who marry a second time or more, a report from the Politiken said.

Statistics also show that ages for the first time marriages become younger. Among men who married for the first time, the average age dropped from 34.8 in 2008 to 34.5 in 2009, while for women the drop was from 32.4 to 32.1 years of age, the report said.

While fewer got married, the number of divorce increased. In 2009 a total of 14,940 divorced – two percent higher than that in 2008 when 14,695 marriages broke up, the report said.

Half of the divorces were in marriages that had lasted less than 10 years, and the highest divorce frequency came after three years of marriage according to the statistics.

By Xuefei Chen, People’s Daily Online correspondent in Stockholm, [email protected]
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