Years dating before marriage statistics
Cohabitation is an arrangement where two or more people are not married but live together.They often involve a romantic or sexually intimate relationship on a long-term or permanent basis.
For instance, in the European Values Study (EVS) of 2008, the percentage of respondents who agreed with the assertion that "Marriage is an outdated institution" was 37.5% in Luxembourg, 35.4% in France, 34.3% in Belgium, 31.2% in Spain, 30.5% in Austria, 29.2% in Germany, 27.7% in Switzerland, 27.2% in Bulgaria, 27.0% in the Netherlands, 25.0% in Slovenia.
A low sex ratio would mean there are many more women than men, resulting in differing societal values and acceptable behaviors. Another reason is to enjoy a sexual relationship while avoiding responsibility and commitments.
When given a survey of the reasons why they cohabit, most couples listed reasons such as spending more time together, convenience based reasons, and testing their relationships, while few gave the reason that they do not believe in marriage.
Such arrangements have become increasingly common in Western countries during the past few decades, being led by changing social views, especially regarding marriage, gender roles and religion.
More broadly, the term cohabitation can mean any number of people living together.