Marriage still popular in Luxembourg
(CS) Tying the knot remains popular in Luxembourg with the majority of couples heading down the aisle, and only a small amount living in a registered partnership or cohabiting as a non-married couple.
As of February 1, 2011, around 45 percent of Luxembourg's residents lived in a couple. Out of 512,353 people living in the Grand Duchy, some 231,472 said they were not single.
Of the couples, over 88 percent were married, and just 9.1 percent lived together as a non-married couple, with 2.7 percent living in a registered partnership, the so-called PACS.
More Luxembourg nationals than foreigners were married; however, foreigners were found to marry at a younger age. On the whole, marriage rates increased with age. Only 45 percent of those aged 20 to 24 were married, compared to 97.9 percent of residents aged over 65.
Despite Luxembourg being a melting pot of nationalities, marriages between a Luxembourg national and a foreign national only accounted for 13.1 percent. Marriages between two Luxembourgers were at 48.1 percent.
Foreign national marriages accounted for 38.8 percent of married couples. However, national statistics office Statec does not provide a detailed break-down of the nationalities of the partners, when both of them are not Luxembourg nationals.
Married couples were also more likely to have children. Over 61 percent of married couples indicated that there was at least one child in their household, compared to just over 53 percent of non-married couples and 38.5 percent of “PACS-ed” couples.