14.May .2021 00:00

Number of Marriages Decreasing, Divorces Increasing in the EU

Number of Marriages Decreasing, Divorces Increasing in the EU
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The long-term trend in the European Union shows that the number of marriages is decreasing, while the number of divorces is increasing. Since 1964, the marriage rate in the EU has declined from 8.0 per 1 000 persons in 1964 to 4.3 in 2019. At the same time, the divorce rate has more than doubled, increasing from 0.8 per 1 000 persons in 1964 to 1.8 in 2019.

In 2019, the EU countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (8.9 marriages per 1 000 persons), Lithuania (7.0), Latvia and Hungary (both 6.7), and Romania (6.6). These were followed by Slovakia (5.4), Denmark, and Malta (5.3), which reads the recent data of Eurostat. 
 
In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants, which were reported in Italy (3.1), Portugal, and Slovenia (both 3.2), followed by France, Spain, Luxembourg (all 3.5).

In 2019, among the EU Member States, the lowest number of divorces relative to the population was registered in Malta and Ireland (0.7 divorces per 1 000 persons), followed by Slovenia (1.2), Italy (1.4), and Croatia (1.5).

By contrast, the highest divorce rates were recorded in Latvia, Lithuania, and Luxembourg (all 3.1 divorces per 1 000 persons), Cyprus (2.6), and Sweden (2.5).