Maria has at this writing been living with father-to-be David Dalmo, a member of the successful Bounce dance company, for 1 year and three months.The main thing for us is that our relationship works, and we will fight just as much to make it work whether or not we are married, Maria says.In Scandinavia individual freedom is valued so high. You have your destiny in your own hands and can do anything you want.But if you have a family you have to give up the ski holiday together with the guys.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.
Unmarried Dad takes turns with Mom in picking Junior up from the day-care center each afternoon.
Twelfth century troubadours are given the credit for popularizing the notion of courtly love as we know it today.
One thing that makes marriage special in Scandinavia, compared to North America, is that Scandinavians frequently wait to marry until after they have had one or more childrenhence the statistics about children born out of wedlock.
There is no stigma attached to what Americans consider out-of-wedlock parenthood.
Nor are there real legal or economic disadvantages to people in common-law marriages, or their offspring.
The biological, nuclear family and true love are still very popular as ideals, and people are getting married more now than they did five years ago, according to Berthe Linddal Hansen, a researcher at the Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies.