In the beginning of 2011, a total of 1.3 million people aged 20 or older lived together with another person without being married.This number corresponded to 18.3 percent of the people in that age group.Sweden has had a gender-neutral marriage law since 2009.This means that two people of the same sex can marry according to the same legislation that applies to two people of different sexes.
It is also more common to get married in Sweden compared with the rest of the EU.
The latest available crude divorce rate for all 28 member states of the EU is 4.2 (2011).
If we look at the population of those over age 20, a total of 43.9 percent were married.
The crude marriage rate, that is, how common it is to get married, is also higher in Sweden than in the EU member countries in total.
At the same time, many people live together without being married, and the majority of children are born out of wedlock.