Bulgaria’s marriage rate in 2017 was below the European Union average, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on February 14, in figures released to mark Valentine’s Day.
Bulgaria had a marriage rate of four per 1000 inhabitants, against an EU average of 4.3.
“The marriage rate used here is the crude marriage rate, defined as the ratio of the number of marriages during the year to the average population in that year. The value is expressed per 1000 inhabitants,” Eurostat said.
In 2017, the EU countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Lithuania (7.5 marriages per 1000 inhabitants) and Romania (7.3). These were followed by Cyprus and Latvia (both 6.8) and Malta (6.3).
In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around three marriages per 1000 inhabitants, which were reported in Slovenia (3.1), Italy and Luxembourg (both 3.2) and Portugal (3.3), Eurostat said.
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