Fewer Danes walking down the aisle

More Danes than ever are forsaking marriage, but at least divorce rates are the same

March 27th, 2012 10:29 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Walking down the aisle and staring into each other's eyes whilst pledging everlasting love and devotion is not as appealing in Denmark as it used to be.

According to a new report from Statistics Denmark, the number of Danes getting married has dwindled in recent years.

In 2011, only 27,200 people were married, a decrease of 12 percent from the previous year, and the lowest number in three decades. Not since 1983 have so few Danes exchanged wedding vows.

Experts suggest that a combination of factors have led the figure to plummet since 2008, including the ongoing financial crisis, a parting from tradition and growing up with parents that have divorced. With the recent announcement that gays and lesbians can get married beginning in June, 2012 might be able to reverse the trend.

The new statistics also indicated that while marriage is less popular, so too is getting a divorce. The divorce rate in 2011 remained the same as in 2010 at 40.2 percent.

The most popular day to get married in 2011 was on November 11 (11-11-11) when 1,072 couples said “I do” to one another.

Marriage and children traditionally go hand in hand, and national numbers have also revealed that the national birth rate was also quite low in 2011. According to a report compiled earlier this month by the national board of health, Sundhedsstyrelsen, just over 59,500 babies were born in Denmark in 2011, some 4,000 fewer than the year before and the lowest birth rate since 1988.

The key to not getting ripped off is face-to-face contact at all times (photo: istock)
Brick by Brick: Beware the Danish rental market!
  The thing about foreigners, like myself, is that they need somewh...
Equally at home being a restaurant  and a nightclub
Dancing, dining and dangerously living la vida loca
  Like its German name suggests, it’s risky leaving your seat at ...
The hip-hop brigade flip-flopped out to make room for the electronic fans (photo: Ella Navarro)
Roskilde 2015: Disclosure know how to make you move!
  The crowd changed a little after Lamar hip-hopped off the stage t...
Wozniacki might fancy her chances given the easy draw ahead (photo: si.robi)
Wimbledon draw opening up as Wozniacki advances to last 16
The draw is opening up nicely for Caroline Wozniacki at Wimbledon where she...
An infectious performance (photo: Merlijn Hoek)
Roskilde 2015: Kendrick Lamar rocks Orange Scene to its core
  The 80,000-strong audience at Roskilde last night have Kendrick ...
Jeffrey Hunter and his dog Butch
July 4 special: Americans living the dream in Denmark
The US is admired the world over for the many liberties and freedoms deno...