Marriages fall significantly in Europe, while in Albania they are still among the highest

Marriages fall significantly in Europe, while in Albania they are still among

Eurostat has republished data related to marriages and divorces in European countries.

Since 1964 (the first year for which data are available), the gross marriage rate in the EU has fallen by more than 50% in relative terms. From 8.0 per 1000 people, which was this indicator in 1964, it has decreased to 3.9 in 2021.

The downward trend was interrupted by several periods in 1989 (6.4), 2000 (5.2), 2007 (5.0) and 2018 (4.5).

The decrease observed between 2019 (4.3 per 1 000 people) and 2020 in the gross marriage rate can be interpreted as one of the signs of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the development of the EU population. Then, an increase in the gross marriage rate can be seen to reach 3.9 in 2021.

While marrying less, Europeans divorce more. In the same period, the gross divorce rate has doubled, rising from 0.8 per 1,000 people in 1964 to 1.7 in 2021.

The divorce rate peaked in 2006 (2.1) and has been declining slightly since then. Part of this increase may be due to the fact that in some EU member states divorce was legalized during this period (for example, in Italy, Spain, Ireland and Malta).

Albania has the highest marriage rate in Europe

In 2021, the highest marriage rates were in Hungary (7.4 marriages per 1,000 people), Romania, Latvia and Lithuania (all 6.0). The lowest marriage rates were reported in Slovenia, Portugal (both 2.8 marriages per 1,000 people) and Luxembourg (3.0).

Eurostat mentions that in the candidate countries, the gross marriage rate was generally higher than the EU average.

It varied between 4.8 marriages per 1000 people in Serbia and 7.0 in Albania.

Albania ranks second in Europe after Hungary for the high level of marriages, however there is no data for Kosovo, which is the country with the youngest age and the highest level of marriages in relation to the population.

Many marriages, but also many divorces

According to Eurostat, for divorces, in 2021 the lowest rates in the EU were recorded in Malta (0.6 divorces per 1000 people) and Slovenia (1.1). In contrast, divorce rates were highest in Lithuania (2.8 divorces per 1,000 people), Latvia (2.5) and Sweden (2.3).

In 2021, candidate countries had crude divorce rates ranging between 1.0 divorces per 1,000 people in North Macedonia and 1.4 in Serbia.

In Albania, the gross divorce rate was 1.1, with a significant decrease from 2019, when the indicator was 2.1, the highest in the region at that time.