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Greek family life
« on: Sunday, 03 February, 2019 @ 02:41:05 »
The changing Greek family

The Greek family is changing dramatically. More single-person households, fewer weddings, more divorces, more single-parent families, more births out of wedlock, apartment-sharing, cohabitation pacts, childless couples: The traditional nuclear family is constantly losing ground.

The majority of households in Greece today are single-person: a man or a woman who chose to or ended up living on their own. According to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, the share of single-person households rose by four percentage points between 2010 and 2017, reaching 31 percent.

The number of marriages dropped from 62,195 in 1993 to 50,138 in 2017, according to figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). Civil weddings (which cost less and involve less bureaucratic hassle) have overtaken religious weddings over the past five years, with 25,163 ceremonies recorded in 2017 compared to 24,975 religious weddings.

Meanwhile, divorces increased from 7,725 in 1993 (or a crude divorce rate of 12.4 percent), to 13,494 in 2005 (22.1 percent), rising to around 15,000 per annum (30 percent) during the years of Greece’s financial crisis.

Births outside of wedlock also grew from 5.1 percent of the total in 2004 to 9.4 percent in 2015, according to the latest available figures from Eurostat. Single-parent households increased from 1.8 percent to 2.3 percent in 10 years.

Offline Jolly Roger

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Re: Greek family life
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 03 February, 2019 @ 08:41:33 »
Much the same as the UK then.