For some countries, a 40 percent rate by which men and women file divorce forms would be a godsend. (Looking at you, United States.) However, the Norwegian government finds it entirely unacceptable, and now they’re looking at doing something about it.
The government has spearheaded an initiative that will encourage Norwegian married couples to get out of the house, away from the kids, and into a restaurant or dance hall.
(Okay, so we’re being a tad dramatic. You don’t have to do dinner and dancing, but they do want you to go on a date night.)
Solveig Horne, the new minister for children, equality and social inclusion (also a divorcee), has taken lead on the push, stating, “It is important to find small pockets of time where parents can be lovers … 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.”
Horne openly admitted that her inspiration behind the initiative was the 2010 film Date Night, starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. The government is not yet to the point of making date nights mandatory, but they have increased funding for couples counseling services that would be run by the state.
Oddly enough, the media in Norway has lashed out against the idea, stating 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, according to The Telegraph.
Why It May Actually Be A Good Thing
Numerous studies have proven that filing divorce papers can place long term stress on children. Any reminder that couples should try to enjoy their time together could lead to greater stability for the child.
Furthermore, couples often times split apart because they lose sight of what made their relationship work in the first place. A friendly reminder could help rekindle those fires of romance.
Understandably, people don’t like being told what to do by their government. But as long as date night stays helpful suggestion and doesn’t turn in to a mandate, what’s the harm?
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