More brides take on husbands’ names

Summer is high season for weddings in Norway, and a new trend is taking shape. For the first time in a long time, more Norwegian women are opting to take on their husband’s last name. New figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) show that fully 46 percent of the brides are adding their husband’s last […]

Divorce rate drops in Norway

New figures showed the number of divorces in Norway dropped by 12 percent since 2005, and there’s less demand for separation and divorce mediation. Relationship experts said it was difficult to pin down the reasons for the drop, but said marrying older after long cohabitation, changing attitudes towards relationship counseling, a higher proportion of immigrants […]

Plans to toughen marriage migration

The Norwegian government wants to set an age limit of 24 years and an income requirement of over NOK 300,000 (USD 48,400) per year before a married couple would be eligible for family immigration. Marriage migration academic Helga Eggebø warned the proposal released for comment late last month could dramatically impact on couples whose relationships […]

Weddings become big business

This past weekend,  known as Midsummer in Norway, was one of the most popular weekends of the year to get married, at a time when weddings have become a billion-kroner industry. It’s a far cry from the days of simpler country weddings, as romanticized in a classic Norwegian painting.   The trend towards more lavish, professional […]