Last year, Norway registered the smallest number of weddings since 1927

WeddingPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

There were 16,200 marriages in Norway in 2020, a decrease of 19% from the previous year. The number of weddings has not been so low in almost 100 years.

The reason for the decline is probably the corona pandemic and the authorities’ measures, according to Statistics Norway (SSB).

“The last time we had so few marriages in a year was in 1927. At the time, 2,771,000 people lived in Norway, i.e., just over half of the population in 2020,” Ane Margrete Tømmerås at SSB noted.

August was the most popular month to get married last year – a total of 2,802 people got married. The least popular months were March and April, when 609 weddings were performed.

“The figures show that the March 12 corona measures forced many people to postpone the wedding. We will see whether this leads to an increase in 2021, as many of the postponed weddings may be carried out this year instead,” Tømmerås added.

The number of separations and divorces decreased during last year. In 2020, there were 250 fewer divorces and 310 fewer separations than in 2019.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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