More elderly Danes getting divorced – The Post

More elderly Danes getting divorced

People over 60 no longer feel the need to stay married for financial reasons

More older couples are eager to split once their kids no longer live at home (photo: iStock)
March 14th, 2017 3:35 pm| by Lucie Rychla

The divorce rate among Danes over the age of 60 has increased significantly over the past six years, according to figures from Danmarks Statistik.

Last year, a total of 3,317 people in the age bracket filed for divorce – a 59 percent increase on 2010.

According to Anne Leonora Blaakilde, a cultural researcher at the University of Copenhagen, the elderly of today have a lot more opportunities in life than previous generations.

READ MORE: Couples in Denmark divorcing at a quicker rate

Trying new things
Elderly people no longer feel the need to stay married for financial reasons. Just like younger people they increasingly want to pursue their own interests.

“In the past, retirement marked the autumn of life, but today it is just another phase of life – a phase when people can experience some of the things they did not manage to do when they had kids at home,” Jens Højgaard, the deputy head of Ældre Sagen, a non-profit organisation for the elderly, told TV2.

“A divorce is an option if things don’t work out the way they should or if [the partners] no longer want the same things.”

According to the 2015 Retirement Income Adequacy report, Denmark is one of the best nations in the world at providing adequate retirement income for its citizens.