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Married couples in Norway told to go on date nights

By Cheryl Woodley on December 3, 2013 in News
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The Norwegian government is telling couples to go on date nights in a bid to reduce the country’s 40 per cent divorce rate.

As the number of married couples splitting up increases, authorities have taken inspiration from the 2010 film Date Night and are urging people to make time for each other one night a week.

People aged between 40 and 44 are the most likely to break up, the Telegraph reports.
Solveig Horne, the new minister for children, equality and social inclusion and herself a divorcee, is behind the push.

Film: Date Night (2010) starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Although their date night doesn't go to plan, Norwegian ministers still think the idea is a good oneFilm: Date Night (2010) starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Although their date night doesn’t go to plan, Norwegian ministers still think the idea is a good one

‘It is important to find small pockets of time where parents can be lovers,’ she said.

‘Each couple needs to decide what sort of a date night they should have, whether it is a night at the movies or a walk together without the kids for a couple of hours.’

 Ms Horne said she saw the romantic comedy, starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, and even though the character’s attempt at a night out together goes horribly wrong, she thought the idea was a good one.

She said: ‘I saw the movie Date Night where and American couple try to go out to keep their relationship alive.

‘In the film, everything goes wrong but I thought it was a good idea.

‘My sister lives in the US and she told me that she and her husband have a weekly date night and it really works. Date night isn’t really something that is done in Norway but I think it could be a good way to keep marriages together.’

The Norwegian government has increased funding for state-run couples counselling service.

Norway’s media has so far been hostile to the proposal, saying it is proof that the ruling Populist party is drifting to the centre-right and linking it to moves by conservative groups in the US to promote date nights.

 

 

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