Skip to comments.Married couples in Norway told to go on date nights in bid to cut 40% divorce rate
Posted on 10/30/2013 8:50:52 AM PDT by Eurotwit
The Norwegian government is telling couples to go on date nights in a bid to reduce the country's 40 per cent divorce rate. As the number of married couples splitting up increases, authorities have taken inspiration from the 2010 film Date Night and are urging people to make time for each other one night a week. People aged between 40 and 44 are the most likely to break up, the Telegraph reports. Solveig Horne, the new minister for children, equality and social inclusion and herself a divorcee, is behind the push.
'My sister lives in the US and she told me that she and her husband have a weekly date night and it really works. Date night isn't really something that is done in Norway but I think it could be a good way to keep marriages together.' The Norwegian government has increased funding for state-run couples counselling service. Norway's media has so far been hostile to the proposal, saying it is proof that the ruling Populist party is drifting to the centre-right and linking it to moves by conservative groups in the US to promote date nights.
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Been lots of media trouble about denying global warming, calling the Norwegian agricultural politics for communism etc.
This minister was in the firing line for questioning a socialist initiative to read gay fairy tales to kindergardeners...
What every European country ought to be really worried about is the falling birthrate. Without babies, there is no future for these nations, and the only baby boom now is among the Muslim immigrants. Uh oh............
We’re all very comfortable thanks to advances in technology.
LOL! "We can't have spouses going on a date and having a good time together: that's CENTRE-RIGHT!"
Why not simply require marriage to be among five women and five men? What a bunch of NORholes.
Her title tells you how screwed up their system is in the first place!
Isn’t it good, Norwegian wood?
My thought too. Why on earth would anyone be offended by efforts to help people keep their marriages together.
But then there are people who consider the entire institution inherently oppressive.
I’ve always wondered about those lyrics....
Apparantly about a brand of marihuana.
If I say women’s lib has something to do with it?
What do you say? :P
Or is it more like the old Rodney Dangerfield joke:
The secret to a long marriage is to go out to eat on a regular basis; She goes on Tuesdays and I go on Thursdays.
The institution of marriage is only oppressive among heterosexual couples.
These liberals tell us we must have homosexual marriage. Homosexual marriage is an institution of nirvana. Traditional marriage is the institution of oppression.
We have to be liberal and understand the liberal take on things.
A lot of things go into it though.
Economics and culture.
Compare divorce rates between Massachusets and Missisippi.
Hard nut to crack it is.
I blame Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant :P
Ask a Norwegian: you’re the ones with a Department of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion.
You or Rodney sound like my dad :P
If you want useful numbers about divorce, you have to start with marriage rates. Then it helps if you can determine how many people are repeat-divorcers, so as not to overestimate the number of families affected.
However, I don’t know why anyone but a numbers-wonk would really care. Governments do not consider stable marriage to have any public value, so keeping track of it is just another way to employ a sociology grad who would otherwise be waiting tables.
I think divorce is an important right, and I do not blame women’s lib alone.
It is the whole self gratification culture. Little honour and little self sacrifice left.
That goes for both sexes. It wasn’t only women’s lib. It was the whole movement to liberate ourselves from the old values.
What did CS Lewis say? I paraphrase: We laugh at honour, yet are surprised to find traitors in our midst.
I just asked a sort of provocative question to hear your views :)
Earlier this week, Msgr. Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington discussed the difficulty in extracting real knowledge from divorce statistics. It appears that we simply don’t know how many, out of all marriages, end in divorce. We also don’t know how many individuals are repeatedly married and divorced.
My marriage was helped by the vacations we took this summer: she did her biennial thing with her sisters to Disneyworld, while I did a road trip to Las Vegas with my 11 YO son.
I had done the Florida thing on multiple occasions, and two weeks in Orlando in late June was never my idea of "fun". And that's not including the drama of five sisters arguing over plans for this day or that day.
Instead, I planned out activities that my son and I could both enjoy: horseback riding in Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon, canyoneering/rappeling outside of Zion NP, fishing, an excursion to Area 51, and a visit to the Alien Museum in Roswell.
The capper was my son saying, "Dad, don't take this the wrong way, but I liked the freedom (from Mom) I had on this trip. No doubt he loves and adores his mother, but guys just need a break from women every now and then.
So many lasting memories, such as driving east on IH-40 to Winslow AZ, with the volume cranked up on "Million Dollar Quartet", and both of us jammin' to the music. Yeah, we stopped at the "Standin on a Corner" park in Winslow.
I try not to be provoked. I have way too much of that in Real Life. Four teenagers, among other trauma ...
That’s quite an article. His observation regarding the declining marriage rate is very important to the current statistics, imho.
We are doing the same thing.
I think that is the key to a healthy marriage. That you have freedom within it.
That goes for any healthy relationship.
Give your son high fives from Europe, and hug your wife :)
I sort of lean libertarian, but if government should have any role outside law enforcement and defence, it is defending marriage etc.
As of 2011 Norway’s fertility rate is 1.88.
Keep in mind that 1.88 includes the birthrate of Moslems, as do similar numbers from other European countries. This means the birthrate of ethnic Norwegians (Spanish, Italians, Czechs) is even lower than it seems.
I wonder how many arguments there will be between spouses over where to go on date night?
I agree. Nonmarital couples stay together even less than married couples. “Personal freedom,” one might say, but ignoring the outcomes for children - while adults enjoy “freedom” - isn’t working out very well.
Yes. It's bad enough what it does to those who choose to remain unmarried, but what it does to children is tragic.
I would say that if there wasn’t a Muzzy influence the rate would be around 1.5.
The variance would differ by country, depending on the both the percentage of Moslems in the population and the age distribution. Older natives and younger Moslem immigrants means an even larger percentage of new babies born to Moslem parents.
A good place to start is here:
I was in Asker during the election. It was great to see the Conservatives and the Progress party get so many votes. I hope they will ignore the press and carry on.
Good ideas....though one Date Night in Norway costs as much as 10 Date Nights in the US.
That’s why we might need government subsidies.
A bottle of decent champaign after dinner. 100 dollars. Dinner itself? 200 dollars.
You have read Mark Steyn? How noone gets back after a certain birth rate?
It does seem like the Russians are doing just that.
And, partly thanks to government contributions.
If the socialism in Norway and Sweden has done any good thing. It has encouraged children, and child bearing.
Need new serfs or whatnot.
You say that, but you have a 1.88 birthrate (sub-replacement) as of the latest stats. I don't know if Russia has yet achieved a replacement level, either, and their overall life expectancy may not have bottomed out, either.
Isnt it good, Norwegian wood?
Strange— for some unknown reason, that stupid song was my earworm yesterday. Pretty sure I have not heard it in years.
The marriage is already in trouble after two years. Unfortunate for me as he is an endless source of humor and entertainment.
I know a lot about this, and the Norwegian birth rate is heavily influenced by especially Somali immigrants.
Every extra kid you get is like winning the lottery, Norwegian style.
I have a little sister who works in the government welfare section. It is still crazy.
For goodness sake, a few months ago one of her best friends were beheaded at the front desk.
That was at her office. One immigrant (Pakistani) walked up behind her and slit her throat. These offices look like a hotel lobby so now security.
We have a tough challenge ahead. That is why I look here for wisdom and inspiration.
As far as the birth rates go? I think they do help. But, government initiatives that encourage childbearing might make a Norwegian couple have an extra kid or two.
It makes the Somali gal have 10. so...
It is the whole self gratification culture. Little honour and little self sacrifice left.
That goes for both sexes. It wasnt only womens lib. It was the whole movement to liberate ourselves from the old values.
Some it up well, IMO.
Norway still has to answer for “What Does the Fox Say?”
Let me try that again. Sorry.
“Some it up well, IMO.” should be “Sums it up well, IMO.”
So well put!!
...guys just need a break from women every now and then.
Amen! Amen! (Says the woman who raised 4 boys.)
It says ringedingdomg :P
Look for Ylvis to be at Times Square at New Years Eve. lol.
Btw. Check out some of their other songs. Stonehenge in particular. Now they have made a homo anthem for Massachusets. Not sure how well that will go down :P
Which sort of brings me to the point.
The Ylvis brothers have been famous here for a decade. They hate soccer, so already the gaydar is up :P
But, of course they are not gay. They have been happily married with children for years.
The left cultural elite want everyone else to “enjoy” alternative lifestyles.
But, themselves? They have tradidional marriages to a man and woman.
Things that makes you go, hrm?
And turn off the cell phones during the date!