Rozendaal, islands top wedding locations

20th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — All the couples who married in Rozendaal in the eastern Netherlands in 2004 came from outside the area, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Monday.

20 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — All the couples who married in Rozendaal in the eastern Netherlands in 2004 came from outside the area, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Monday.

The West Frisian Islands off the Dutch North Sea coast were also popular marriage locations for couples from the mainland.

The island chain, known as the Waddeneilanden in Dutch, consists of Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog and the uninhabited islands of Rottumeroog, Rottumerplaat and Zuiderduintjes.

The CBS said Rozendaal (population 1,500), near Arnhem in Gelderland Province, has a small and greying population. Few eligible bachelors and bachelorettes live in the town. But it does have a famous local castle and this draws lovebirds from elsewhere. The Wadden Islands also have several attractive marriage locations to choose from.

Borculo (population 10,300) and Groenlo (population 30,000), both in Gelderland, were the least popular wedding locations in 2004. Only 5 percent of the marriages in these towns were between non-resident couples.

Nearby Ruurlo (population 8,600) was more popular with outsiders due to its local castle, 'Huize Ruurlo'.

A total of 73,441 couples married in 2004. Amsterdam had the highest number of marriages (3,000), followed by the three other biggest cities, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Almost one in ten marriages took place abroad, mainly in Turkey and Morocco. Most of these marriages involved a Dutch resident and a foreign partner. A smaller number of Dutch couples also chose to tie the knot abroad, with 2,000 couples marrying in the US, Italy or the Netherlands Antilles.

There were 73,861 marriages in 2005. The CBS does not yet have detailed information about these marriages.

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