Back Which EU countries have the highest marriage rates?


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In 2017, the European Union (EU) countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Lithuania (7.5 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants) and Romania (7.3). These were followed by Cyprus and Latvia (both 6.8) and Malta (6.3).

In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants, which were reported in Slovenia (3.1), Italy and Luxembourg (both 3.2) and Portugal (3.3).

Infographic: Marriage rates by country, bar chart, 2017

The source data set is here.


Note: The marriage rate used here is the crude marriage rate, defined as the ratio of the number of marriages during the year to the average population in that year. The value is expressed per 1,000 inhabitants.


For more information:  Take a look at the Statistics Explained article on marriage and divorce statistics, which contains statistics on trends in marriages, divorces and births outside marriage going back to 1960.


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