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Six out of ten babies in France born outside marriage, almost two out of ten in Cyprus, in 2016
CNA - Athanasios Athanasiou - Belgium/Brussels 16/04/2018 14:43

Over 5.1 million babies were born in the European Union (EU) in 2016. according to Eurostat the statistical service of the EU. In eight of the 28 Member States, the majority of babies were born outside marriage, while in eight other member States two-thirds of babies were born to married parents.

With six in every ten babies born to unmarried parents, France had the largest proportion (59.7%) of live births outside marriage in the EU in 2016. France was closely followed by Bulgaria and Slovenia (both 58.6%). More than half of births also occurred outside marriage in Estonia (56.1%), Sweden (54.9%), Denmark (54.0%), Portugal (52.8%) and the Netherlands (50.4%).

In contrast, fewer than 1 in 10 babies were born to unmarried parents in Greece (9.4%). Births outside marriage also accounted for a quarter or fewer of all babies born in Croatia (18.9%), Cyprus (19.1


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