Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italians marrying less and later in life

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Rome, November 28 - Italians are marrying less and
when they do tie the knot, they do so later in life, Istat said
on Wednesday.
The national statistics agency said 204,830 weddings were
celebrated in Italy last year, 12,870 less than in 2010.
It said these figures continued a long trend of falling
numbers of wedding that has accelerated over the last four
years.
Istat noted that the number of weddings in which people
were marrying for a second time had fallen, going from 34,137 in
2008 to 31,048 in 2011.
Nevertheless, second marriages increased as a proportion of
the overall total in this period, from 13.8% in 2008 to 15.2%
last year, because the number of people getting wed for the
first time has fallen at an even faster rate.
Istat said the average age of men who got married for the
first time last year was up to 34 and the average age for women
was 31.
Experts have said the difficult economic climate and high
housing costs have contributed to these trends.
Over a third of people aged between 15 and 24 are out of
work and many young Italians are forced to live with their
parents until their 30s and 40s because they cannot afford to
leave home.

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