The number of mixed marriages between Danes and immigrants has been halved in six years. The decline can be seen as an attempt by immigrants to hold on to their culture, according to author Inger Abildgaard. Whether going to the chapel or the mosque to get married, Danes and immigrants from the country’s four largest ethnic groups tied the knot only 146 times this year. According to figures from Statistics Denmark, that is only half as many marriages as in 1999. Author Inger Abildgaard, who wrote about multi-cultural marriages Grænseløs Kærlighed (Love Without Borders), told daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad that the decline could indicate a growing need among ethnic minorities to maintain their culture. ‘Young people experience increasing resistance from their families about them marrying outside of their ethnic group, because it weakens the group’s position in the country. Many immigrants feel threatened by the political rhetoric right now, but also by Danish culture as a whole. That’s why they are trying to get back to their roots,’ said Abildgaard. She was surprised about the development, because one might expect immigrants to marry Danes more often as they become more integrated. ‘The fact it hasn’t gone that way shows that the mental distance between ‘them’ and ‘us’ is just as large as it always has been, if not more,’ said Abildgaard.