August 8 makes for a happy day

Registry offices around Switzerland have had a very busy Friday, as couples queued up to tie the knot on 08.08.08.

This content was published on August 8, 2008 - 20:53

In the larger Swiss cities, 400 people became man and wife, with some places recording twice as many brides and grooms as usual.

In all 31 couples got married in Zurich, and 30 in neighbouring Winterthur, where the usual rate is 14.

In Basel, ceremonies had to take place every 15 minutes and in the capital Bern, and the towns of Baden and Rheinfelden, the registry office was – exceptionally - open over lunchtime.

The date seemed to be particularly popular in the German-speaking part of the country. Officials in the French-speaking part said they did not have such a big demand for 08.08.08 weddings – for example, Geneva only had ten ceremonies.

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