According to a new study conducted by the European Union’s statistical authority, Greece ranks as having one of the lowest percentages of illegitimate births from all the nations surveyed.
The data was compiled by Statista, an online German database for statistics and the collection of marketing information. According to Eurostat, the percentage of out-of-wedlock births for eight different European countries studied exceeded 50 percent, with France taking the top spot at 60.4 percent.
Countries that followed included Bulgaria at 58.5 percent, Slovenia at 57.7 percent, Portugal at 55.9 percent, Sweden at 54.5 percent, Denmark at 54.2 percent, Estonia at 54.1 percent and finally the Netherlands standing at 51.9 percent.
Greece’s percentage of illegitimate births stood at just 11.1 percent, a 9 point difference between it and the country immediately after it, Cyprus, which recorded 20.3 percent of its births as illegitimate.
According to Greece’s National Centre for Social Research, much has changed in terms of family patterns and structures in recent decades. Across many countries, the institution of marriage has gradually been losing its importance with recent generations.
The Hellenic Statistical Authority also reported that the number of marriages in 2018 amounted to 47,428, a 5.4 percent overall decrease compared to the 50,138 marriages which took place in 2017.
At the same time, cohabitation agreements showed an increase of 29.4 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, with the number rising from 4,921 to 6,369, respectively. This statistic included 231 marriages between men and 55 between women in 2018.
While the number of illegitimate births may be relatively low, the divorce rate is noticeably increasing, with 2016’s total of 11,013 rising to 19,120 in 2017, a staggering increase of 74.2 percent over only the span of one year.