These things, much like gaining an education and starting a career, are often viewed as more important than marriage itself.
A part of this is because many people view marriage as simply a legal standing, plus few people put great weight in religious reasons that encourage marriage.
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Many simply decide it's the right time to marry, while others marry for legal reasons, or to have a large party.
Despite the delay, and at times lack of belief in marriage, people in Norway still marry in significant numbers.
Both heterosexual marriages and same-sex marriages are legal in Norway and many people do marry, although that might not occur until a couple is in their 30s or even later.
As with other Scandinavian countries, Norwegian men and women have developed dating practices that are outwardly progressive while remaining humble in spirit.
With a recent influx of asylum seeking immigrants that has altered the homogeneity somewhat, Norwegian men and women are open to outsiders in the dating world, as long as they are not subject to archaic traditions and values.
In fact the party is the one consistent in large Norwegian weddings as these generally go well into the next morning.
Of course with these weddings, expenses can quickly add up so some people chose to have a small civil ceremony instead.
Like many of its neighbors, Norway is a very liberal country that views relationships and marriage quite differently than they did a century ago.
Today marriage is not viewed as a necessity and a couple living together or having children prior to marriage is not seen as a negative by most of society.
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