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Cyprus has the highest marriage rate among the EU's 25
2006-05-15 16:19:06

Brussels, May 15 - Cyprus ranks first among the EU's 25 countries regarding marriage rates, according to a Eurostat survey on marriages, divorces, births, the compositions of families and household expenditure.

According to the survey, there were around 2.2 million marriages in the EU 25 in 2004, or 4.8 marriages per 1000 inhabitants. Cyprus (7.2 marriages per 1000 inhabitants) and Denmark (7.0) had the highest marriages rates, while Slοvenia (3.3), Belgium (4.1) and Greece (4.2) had the lowest.

However, even though Cypriots marry easier than the other Europeans, the rate of divorces in Cyprus is also above the average EU one.

In 2004, there were almost one million divorces in the EU25 (2.1 divorces per 1000 inhabitants). The Member States with the highest divorce rates were the Czech Republic and Lithuania (both 3.2) and Estonia (3.1). The lowest rates were found in Ireland (0.7 in 2003), Italy (0.8 in 2003) and Greece (1.1). In Cyprus, the divorce rate was 2.2 per 1000 inhabitants.

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