The European Wedding Pattern (EMP)
The European wedding Pattern has first been described by Hajnal in 1965. A high age at marriage for both men and women, the second being ‘neolocality’ and the third a very large number of singles that never married at all although Hajnal did not give any details on how he thought this European Marriage Pattern had come into existence, he mentioned three features as being central to this pattern: the first being. Hajnal’s article is cited again and again. His tips have already been criticized, abused (fora on the web marketing Hajnal’s EMP along with figures on urbanization and industrialization right into a debate on competition, trying to proof supremacy that is‘germanic’, also refined, by the addition of even more features.