Single women in Denmark increasingly moving to the city

March 12th, 2015

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Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense their preferred destinations

More and more single women in Denmark are leaving the men behind in the provincial areas and moving to the nation's three biggest cities, according to new research from Roskilde University (RUC).

The research – which charts the population development in Denmark over the past 25 years – shows there are 10,000 more single women aged 18-48 than single men of the same age in the Greater Copenhagen area.

”The challenge with more people living alone is that we will have fewer children if we don't start importing women from other cultures,” Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, an associate professor at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at RUC, told Metroxpress newspaper.

”The excess of women in the cities also means there is more demand for other cultural offers. The number of cafés is almost directly proportionate to the share of women.”

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Men left behind
There are also 1,760 more single women in Aarhus and 1,260 more in Odense – a tendency that is mirrored in many areas of the Western world, including New York, which has 210,000 more single women than men.

The trend is opposite in the provisional areas of Denmark. For instance, Ringkøbing Skjern and Lemvig municipalities have three single men for every two single women under the age of 49.


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