Cyprus is among the EU countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population, a Eurostat report published to coincide with Valentine’s Day has shown.
The country with the most marriages relative to its residents was Lithuania in 2017, with 7.5 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants, closely followed by Romania (7.3). In joint third place were Cyprus and Latvia, both with 6.8.
Though the number of marriages in Cyprus is still comparatively high, it is down from the year before. In 2016, the country topped the list of EU countries with 7.5 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants, and Lithuania (7.4) was in second place.
The lowest marriage rates in 2017 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). The EU average is 4.3.
Since 1965, the marriage rate in the EU has declined by close to 50 per cent in relative terms, from 7.8 per 1 000 persons in 1965 to 4.3 in 2015.
At the same time, the divorce rate has more than doubled, increasing from 0.8 per 1,000 persons in 1965 to 1.9 in 2015.