Sun, Nov 19, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Lu touts marriages

CNA WITH STAFF WRITER

The government needs to intervene to create an environment favorable for successful and stable marriages, as more and more people opt to get married late or not get married at all, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday. Lu said Taiwanese women and men now get married for the first time at the age of 27 and 31 on average, respectively, compared with 22.4 for women and 27.2 for men 30 years ago. This indicates a basic change in modern people's attitude toward marriage, Lu said. In addition to the trend of getting married late or not getting married at all, many other phenomena, such as a declining birthrate and gender imbalance, that are changing Taiwan's social structure and leading to various social problems, she said. These issues require the attention and intervention of the government, Lu said. She made the remarks during a celebration for the sixth Marriage Festival held by a civic group promoting happy marriages.

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