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英国超半数成年人未婚

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小编摘要:官方数据披露,英国成年人当中结婚的不足半数。随着已婚人士不再享有减税、法律特权和国家准许等福利,同居开始成为社会主流。

导读:英国国家统计数据办公室的数据表明,居住在英格兰和威尔士的4490万成年人当中,只有48.4%的人是已婚,即2160万人。而自20世纪70年代以来从未结过婚的人数翻了一番。三个女性当中就有一个是从未结过婚的,大约八百万的女性过着单身或者同居的生活。梵蒂冈认为同居加剧了家庭的分裂,分居与离婚给人们带来了痛苦和孤单,信奉天主教的情侣不应在结婚之前同居。


Less than half of the adult population is now married, figures confirmed for the first time yesterday.

The watershed for marriage is the culmination of 30 years during which cohabitation has become the norm and successive governments have ceased to offer tax breaks, legal privileges or state approval to the married.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 21.6million of the 44.9million adults who live in England and Wales are married – 48.4 per cent of the population.

The number of those who have never tied the knot has doubled since the 1970s.

The statistics also highlight the rise of the so-called freemale, revealing that almost one in three women have never wed.

Nearly eight million women live the single life or opt for informal cohabiting relationships rather than have a husband and family.

The ONS said many of the freemales were women in their 20s and 30s, who have achieved a better standard of education than boys and have gone on in ever greater numbers to pursue careers.

Married people first appeared to fall into a minority three years ago, but ONS analysts insisted the numbers were misleading, saying they failed to take into account large numbers who marry abroad.

The new count, however, which sets out the married population in the middle of last year, does include estimates of those who married before migrating to Britain, or while living as expats abroad, or as tourists away on holiday.

The ONS presented the decline of marriage as less swift in England than elsewhere. ‘The proportion of the adult population of England and Wales who are married is one of the highest in Europe,’ it said.

The estimates said 21,643,000 are husbands or wives, while there are just under 16million single people who have never married and just over 3.1million divorcees.

The remainder is made up of widows or widowers.

The combined count of never-married and divorced people amounts to nearly 46 per cent of the population and at current rates will overtake the married population within a few years.

Cohabitation is fuelling the destruction of the family while separations and divorces have brought suffering and loneliness, the Vatican said yesterday. It declared that Catholic couples should not set up home together before marriage.

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2011-12-02 09:29 编辑:lilylikelily
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