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More cohabitation - fewer marriages
The proportion of cohabitants among young persons (20-24 years old) has been rather stable since the end of the 1980s. Among older persons there has been a steady increase.
In 2002-2004, the proportion of cohabitation among all couples was 26 per cent compared to 74 per cent marriages. In 1993-1995, the corresponding figures were 19 and 81 per cent respectively. All these figures refer to women and men 20-79 years old.
Calculated of all women, i.e. either they are living with a partner or not, the proportion of women living in cohabitation is highest among women 25-29 years old -40 per cent.
According to the 2003-2004 figures, the proportions of cohabitants are still increasing in most ages. The total number of cohabitants is estimated to about 590 000, or 295 000 couples.