The share of children born in Cyprus outside of marriage increased in the 21st century by more than eight times - from 2,3% in 2000 to 19,1% in 2016. Paradox, but against the backdrop of Europe, Cyprus looks good. Better from the point of view of family values, things are only in Greece (9,4%) and Croatia (18,9%). At the opposite end of the ranking, France is located with 59,7% of children born to couples who did not register their relationship. These are the data of Eurostat.
In 2016, more than 5,1 million children were born in the European Union. In eight of the 28 EU member states, most babies were born out of wedlock. The leader of anti-rating - France (59,7%). Bulgaria and Slovenia almost reached it (by 58,6%). More than half of the births outside of marriage took place in Estonia (56,1%), Sweden (54,9%), Denmark (54%), Portugal (52,8%) and the Netherlands (50,4%).
Most of the trend has manifested itself in the Mediterranean countries. Since 2000, the number of children born out of wedlock has tripled in Malta (from 10,6 to 31,8%) and Italy (from 9,7 to 28%), two and a half times in Spain (from 17,7 to 45,9%), Greece 4 to 9,4%) and Portugal (from 22,2 to 52,8%). Despite this, it is Greece that remains the last bastion of family values in Europe.
In 1986, only 0,5% of babies in Cyprus were born out of wedlock, and in 1996, 1,5%.