Which EU countries have the highest marriage rates?
During the year 2018, in the whole European Union (EU) there were on average 4.4 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants. In Finland the ratio was one tenth lower (4.3%) than the EU average.The figures vary widely among the different member states.
According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, the countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (7.8 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants), Romania (7.4), Lithuania (7.0) and Latvia (6.8). These were followed by Malta (5.8), Slovakia (5.7) and Denmark (5.6).
In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants, which were reported in Luxembourg (3.1), Italy (3.2) and Portugal (3.4), followed by Spain, France (2017 data) and Slovenia (all 3.5).