Thursday 13 May 2021

Fewer people in the Netherlands are getting married: CBS

 Photo: Jovannig via Depositphotos.com

Photo: Jovannig via Depositphotos.com

Fewer people are getting married in the Netherlands and those who do are likely to be older, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

Forty years ago, 85% of 30-year-olds were married but now the figure is just 31%, the CBS said. In 1976, 88% of 40-year-olds had tied the knot, compared with 54% in 2016.

The new research also found 69% of men and 66% women in their 20s get married as a confirmation of their relationship. But 37% of young men also said they got married because it was what their partner wanted.

Women are more likely to list the romantic side of marriage – such as the party and the white dress – as reasons to tie the knot, the CBS said.

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