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Living together

Marriage and other relationships

Autumn walk in castle gardens, woman with a pram

Married or unmarried; with children or without; single parenting or parenting with a partner...there are lots of forms of living together in Germany aside from traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples are now able to live together and raise children officially. It is also common for couples of different nationalities and religions to live together.

People in Germany make their own decisions on how they live

The majority of households are made up of families, with or without children. The decision to live alone is also a reality in German society. Approximately 17 per cent of the population chooses this path. Single parents make up 8 per cent of all households, while there are nine times as many single mothers as single fathers.

The German constitution gives everyone the right to decide freely what life he or she will lead. This also includes everyone having the choice to live alone, in a relationship or a marriage. As a result, there is a variety of different types of family and relationships in Germany.