Skip to main content

Table 3 Descriptive statistics of the couples in 2009 (%)

From: Decisions on marriage? Couples’ decisions on union transition in Sweden

  All couples, % Married during observation time, %
Couple’s marital intentions
 Both partners want to get married 50 68
 Woman wants to get married but man does not 13 9
 Man wants to get married but woman does not 10 8
 Neither partner wants to get married 27 13
Couple’s highest education level
 Both partners tertiary 40 42
 Both partners less than tertiary (incl. both do not know/missing) 30 27
 Woman less than tertiary and man tertiary 8 8
 Woman tertiary and man less than tertiary 22 22
Woman’s age
 Under 33 43 52
 Over 32 57 48
Couple’s childbearing intentions
 Both partners plan children 23 28
 Either the man or the woman plans children 5 5
 Neither of the partners plans children 5 3
 Have children aged 0–3 38 40
 Have children older than 3 30 23
Couple’s marital attitudes
 Both partners positive towards marriage 38 28
 Woman positive but man not positive 20 13
 Man positive but woman not positive 26 49
 Neither partner positive towards marriage 15 10
Average union duration in years 7.6 7.1
Total number of couples 507 201