Flanders near top of 'singletons' list

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5 August 2005, BRUSSELS — The Belgian region of Flanders has one of the highest number of singles in Western Europe, new research has revealed.

5 August 2005

BRUSSELS — The Belgian region of Flanders has one of the highest number of singles in Western Europe, new research has revealed.

Professor Dimiter Philipov of the Demographic Institute in Vienna said Flanders ranked fourth when it comes to the number of singles in Western Europe.

The study 'Portrait of the Family in Europe' revealed 14 percent of people in Flanders are single, topped only by Germany (16.6 percent), Switzerland (15.4 percent) and the Netherlands (14.4 percent).

"If we put together 27 European countries, Flanders is then ranked 8th," Philipov was quoted saying by newspaper 'De Morgen' on Friday.

He said across the entire continent and in Western Europe, Flanders ranks very high in terms of the number of singles. The European average is 11.9 percent.

Flanders also tops Britain and France, both of which have 12.6 percent singles.

Between 1999 and 2000, the number of singles in Europe grew on average less than 2 percent compared with 2.2 percent in the same period in Flanders.
 
One of the factors contributing to the growing numbers of singles is the changing structure of families. The postponement of marriage and children means that younger people are living for longer periods alone.

The rising rate of divorces, the aging population — in which some partners outlive one another — and the inexpensive housing market also contribute to the growing number of singles.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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