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Israeli men and women nowadays take more time to get married than they used to. According to the figures from the Central Statistics Office, they are still ahead in an international comparison.

JERUSALEM (inn) - For the small Jewish holiday “TU BeAv”, which is celebrated on Friday, the Central Statistics Office has published a suitable study on the subject of marriage. “TU BeAv” begins on the night of the 14th to the 15th day of the month of Av and is comparable to the customs on Valentine's Day. It is not a traditional holiday, but is treated as a working day.

A comparison of the data from 1970 and 2014 reveals a striking shift in the social attitudes of young people. Israelis marry less now and later than in 1970. At that time, less than a third, namely 28 percent, of men between the ages of 25 and 29 were single. Today, 65 percent of men consider themselves single. In the case of women, this proportion rose from 13 to 50 percent.

Unmarried Jews between the ages of 45 and 49 are now more common. At that time only 3 percent of Jews were single. In 2014 it was 11 percent. The development among Jewish women of this age range is similar. Most of the unmarried Jewish Israelis are in the predominantly secular cities like Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. In Tel Aviv, 83 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 29 are singles. The single rate is lowest in ultra-Orthodox cities like Modi‘in Illit, Beitar Illit and Bnei Brak, writes the online newspaper "Times of Israel".

Almost three quarters of weddings are Jewish Orthodox

In 2014, the median age at which Israelis first married was 27.6 for men and 25.0 for women. There, too, the marriage took place much earlier in 1970. For men it is two and a half years longer, for women by 3.3 years. In the case of Muslim men and women, the differences are slightly smaller compared to the previous point in time.

According to the statistics bureau, there were a total of 50,797 weddings in Israel in 2014. 72.6 percent of the officially recognized weddings were Orthodox Jewish, 23.4 percent Muslim, 2.1 percent Druze and 1.7 percent Christian. The figures do not include non-Orthodox Jewish and alternative Orthodox weddings that have not been agreed with the Chief Rabbinate.

In contrast, the statistics recorded the 8,782 couples who did not get married in Israel, but where at least one partner is an Israeli citizen. Statistically, out of 1,000 Israeli citizens, 8.3 Arabs and 6 Jews are newly married. With an average of 6.2 married, Israelis still believe most strongly in marriage as an institution compared to other OECD countries. In Germany, for example, there were an average of 4.8 newlyweds out of 1,000 people in 2014, which corresponds to around 386,000 weddings this year. (mm)

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