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Around that turn of the century I think marriage was in a bit of a crisis. At least among the recently urban working class in Sweden many chose not to marry. Without the social pressure of rural life and the need to establish inheritance rights to the farm it does not appear to have been much need for marriages. Living together in sin even became known as "Stockholm-marriage".

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 12:28:13 PM EST
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As usual, you beggars invented all the best demographic trends...

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by eurogreen on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 12:29:49 PM EST
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Honestly even being kind of religious person I don't really mind if people marry or not if they stay together as a family raising kids together. That's most important for kids ( and me :) ).
by vbo on Tue Nov 6th, 2012 at 07:15:17 AM EST
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