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A new study by the Centre of Rural Research (Bygdeforskning) has found more Norwegian farmers marry, and stay married than the rest of the population.
According Marit S. Haugen, research leader at the centre, 66 percent are married as opposed to 48 percent generally.
The statistics show farmers have a lower divorce rate too. Whilst 12 percent of the general population are either separated or divorced, farmer couples account for just 8 percent.
Toiling away together
Researchers also found the amount of workload was a factor, and there were differences according to faming type.
Whilst more meat and dairy farmers stayed together, the divorce rate was higher amongst farmers who grew corn.
“It’s more difficult for them to leave one another as they’re so dependent on each other’s work, especially if they’ve put a lot of time and money into the business,” she says.
There are also regional differences. 74 percent of farmers in Rogaland are married, with just 6 percent getting divorced. In Finnmark, the figures are 59 and 11 percent respectively.
There is another explanation as well.
“It’s not unthinkable that farming couples actually have a good life together,” says Haugen. [more]
Here in the U.S., divorce rates as well as suicide rates, child abuse and alcoholism for farmers are up from previous decades.