English title: Cohabitation in Estonia and Europe – do Estonians prefer cohabitation due to financial reasons?

Author(s): Kairi Kasearu -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2008


The aim of this paper is to analyze the spread of cohabitation and to compare the sociodemographic characteristics of cohabiting individuals in different countries. The countries are compared on the basis of the following criteria: age of cohabiting partners, whether the cohabiting couples have children or not, and length of cohabitation. The examined countries include: Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, France, Slovakia and Slovenia. The analysis is based on the European Social Survey, 2nd and 3rd wave data, from 2004 and 2006. Furthermore, the paper tries to answer the question whether cohabitation in Estonia is a result of financial hardships and the couples do not register their union because of financial reasons. In addition, the results indicate that, although studies have shown that one reason why cohabiting couples do not marry is their financial situation and practical value orientations, the income of married and cohabiting couples did not differ in Estonia. Also, the self-reported estimations on financial situation did not diff er between union types. Thus, it can be argued that financial reasons are not obstacles to marriage in Estonia.

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Anthology: Estonia in European Comparison

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