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More Austrians opt for marriage

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More Austrians opt for marriage
A couple at sunset. File photo: APA/dpa
10:55 CEST+02:00
Marriage is becoming more popular in Austria - with an increase of 6.5 percent of couples deciding to tie the knot in the first half of this year.

Vorarlberg was the most romantic province, with 17.6 percent more newly-weds between January and June.

Burgenland was the only province with a slight decline in the number of people getting married - down from 499 the previous year to 493.

There are also more same-sex couples opting for civil unions. Last year 172 couples registered their partnerships between January and June, and this year that number rose slightly to 181.

Austria currently allows same-sex couples in a registered partnership nearly the same rights as married couples, except for adoption rights.

The Greens, the Social Democrats (SPÖ), and the NEOS all support same-sex marriage.

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