According to the latest EU statistics released by Eurostat on Monday, May 16, Hungary had 6.88 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants in 2020, which is significantly more than second-placed Latvia (5.63) and Lithuania (5.47). Hungarians, who scored more than double the EU average (3.2), also winning the “absolute category” of the continental marriage “competition”, as non-EU member Albania scored 6.16 two years ago.
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In 2020, Eurostat recorded 700,000 divorces out of 1.4 million marriages. Hungary recorded 1.52 divorces per one thousand inhabitants, which is just below the EU average of 1.6. Malta (0.5) and Slovenia (0.8) had the lowest divorce rates, while Latvia (2.7) and Lithuania (2.7), second and third place in marriage numbers, had the highest divorce rates, as did Denmark (2.7), followed by Sweden (2.5) and Finland (2.4).
In Hungary, the situation has improved significantly in recent years, as shown by the website Quibit. In 2008, there were four marriages per one thousand inhabitants; in 2018, there were 5.2, with the biggest jump occurring between 2014 and 2016: 3.9 in 2014, 4.7 the following year, and 5.3 in 2016.
Italy is far below the EU average, with only 1.6 marriages per 1,000 people in 2020, and there is equally low data from Spain (1.8), Portugal (1.91), and Ireland (1.91).
The number of marriages per one thousand people in Europe in 2020. Source: Eurostat
The drastic decline in marriage propensity across Europe
Since 1964, the marriage rate in the EU has fallen dramatically from 8/1,000 persons in recent decades to 3.2, in 2020. At the same time, the divorce rate has doubled, rising from 0.8/1,000 in 1964 to 1.6 in 2020. Interestingly, the divorce rate has decreased in the last decade, from 1.9 per 1,000 people in 2010. Eurostat also draws attention to the fact that:
In 2020, about 1.4 million marriages and an estimated 0.7 million divorces took place in the EU, according to the latest data available for all EU member states. In 2019, there were still 1.9 million marriages and 0.8 million divorces. The unprecedented decline in marriages can be attributed in part to measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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