Neither Mom nor Dad wants to go to their kids school parent night, but they finally reach a compromise.
Some of these unmarried couples decide eventually to have a wedding, if only as an excuse to have a big party.
Windmills and traditional thatched cottages can be seen everywhere.
The Faroe Islands and Greenland both belong to the Kingdom of Denmark.
Flight time to Iceland is 3 hours, 30 minutes from the European mainland.
Not only that, but Sweden is singled out as the world leader in family decline.
USA Today echoed these sentiments recently, suggesting that marriage in parts of Scandinavia is dying. One assumes that there are tens of thousands of abandoned children wandering the streets of Stockholm and Helsinki, neglected and unloved, while the only people getting married, presumably, are romantically-minded gay couples. My personal reaction to Kurz claimas someone who has lived and worked in Sweden since 1986was amazement.
No stigma In fact, the argument by Kurz and other researchers in the USA that marriage is dying in Scandinavia is debatable. Perhaps the great British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) had a point when he remarked: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
The Nordic Statistical Yearbook 2004 comes to the opposite conclusion: Overall, the number of marriages in the Nordic countries has increased since 1990 but with very individual patterns and fluctuations among the different countries This statistical bible goes on to say that the total number of divorces in the Nordic countries has been quite stable from 1990 to 2004. Part of the confusion may be a question of definition. Is marriage a church wedding, a civil marriage, a legal declaration of partnership, or simply a long-term cohabitation?