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Civil marriages outstrip church weddings in the north

Religious ceremonies continue to dominate country-wide

18 December, 13:56
Civil marriages outstrip church weddings in the north (ANSA) - Rome, December 18 - Civil marriages outstripped church weddings in the north in 2011, the national statistics institute said on Tuesday.

In northern Italian regions 51.7% of couples chose to get married before a local-authority representative, Istat said in its annual report. Overall in Italy the majority of couples (60.2%) had a religious ceremony.

However the statistics institute said fewer people are getting married and increasing numbers are opting for a civil ceremony.

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