Samuli Helle, an ecologist at the University of Turku, Finland, said: “The Sami people are married only once in their lives. After studying the influence of the age difference of the couples in the Sami marriage on the children of the family, we find that Women who are 14.6 years younger are wives. Younger wives will have more children for their husbands, and their offspring can at least live to be over 18 years old. ”
In order to eliminate the impact of modern medical progress on the survival rate of children, the researchers investigated 700 couples living in Utsjoki, Inari and Enontekio in the church from the 17th to the 19th century. Of the above results. However, only 10% of the husband and wife of the 700 couples had the best age difference. Among the 700 pairs, a man married a 20-year-old woman, and a woman married a 25-year-old husband. The overall average age difference was 3 years. Helle said that more and more Sami marriages do not show the best age difference, which may be related to their marriage customs and the ability of reindeer to support the family (Sami people generally rely on reindeer to maintain their lives) and other social factors.
But in the end, the woman ’s reproductive age is the biggest factor affecting the survival rate of future generations. A research paper published in Biology Letters pointed out that under normal circumstances, young women will have more healthy children. Marrying an older woman as a wife, or marrying a man much older than yourself, is the most detrimental to successful birth.
Other studies in Sweden have shown that the ideal fertility match is that a man marries a woman 6 years younger than him. However, cultural restrictions on marriage have changed. Helle pointed out, “Fortune is one of the most important factors in (Sami) marriage. Love hardly plays any role.”
In fact, no matter how old the age is, as long as both parties feel happy and healthy, it is the most important thing. After all, the reproduction of offspring is the result of marriage, but it is not the ultimate goal. The purpose of marriage is multifaceted, but happiness is the result that everyone ultimately and most willing to see. It is enough to chase your own happy marriage for happiness. Under this premise, age is not a gap!