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Italians marrying less and later in life

Average age for tying knot 34 for men, 31 for women

Italians marrying less and later in life

Rome, November 28 - Italians are marrying less and when they do tie the knot, they do so later in life, Istat said on Wednesday. The national statistics agency said 204,830 weddings were celebrated in Italy last year, 12,870 less than in 2010. It said these figures continued a long trend of falling numbers of wedding that has accelerated over the last four years. Istat noted that the number of weddings in which people were marrying for a second time had fallen, going from 34,137 in 2008 to 31,048 in 2011. Nevertheless, second marriages increased as a proportion of the overall total in this period, from 13.8% in 2008 to 15.2% last year, because the number of people getting wed for the first time has fallen at an even faster rate. Istat said the average age of men who got married for the first time last year was up to 34 and the average age for women was 31. Experts have said the difficult economic climate and high housing costs have contributed to these trends. Over a third of people aged between 15 and 24 are out of work and many young Italians are forced to live with their parents until their 30s and 40s because they cannot afford to leave home.

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