Greece: Number of Marriages, by year
YearNumber of marriages,
in thousands
  • Region: Greece
  • Time period: 1990 to 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us | Data sources

Trend in Marriages Over the Decades

Marriages in Greece peaked in 1995, with a total of 63,987, representing the highest number of marriages recorded in the provided data span. Comparatively, the year 2022 observed a significant drop to 43,355 marriages, showcasing a fluctuation in marriage rates over the years with a noticeable decline from the peak year.

Impact of Recent Years on Marriage Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic years, specifically 2020, witnessed a substantial decline in marriages to 31,475, marking the lowest point in recent years. However, a gradual recovery is observed with 40,759 marriages in 2021, indicating the pandemic's significant impact on marriage rates and the subsequent period of recovery.

Decade Comparison of Marriage Numbers

The decade starting in 2010 shows a general decline in the number of marriages, with the beginning of the decade registering 56,338 marriages and the end of the data in 2022 showing a lower figure of 43,355. This trend highlights a changing societal or economic environment affecting marriage decisions in Greece.

Highest and Lowest Records of Marriages

The year 1995 stands out with the highest number of marriages, 63,987, while the year 2020, influenced by the global pandemic, recorded the lowest at 31,475. These extremes underline the variability in marriage rates due to societal changes and global events.

Yearly Fluctuations in Marriage Rates

Marriages in Greece have not followed a consistent trend, with notable fluctuations such as the increase from 48,880 marriages in 2000 to 61,165 in 1999, and then a decrease to 45,408 by 1996. These changes reflect varying societal, economic, or possibly legislative influences on marriage decisions year over year.

Long-term Trends and Recoveries

Analyzing the long-term trend from 1990 with 59,052 marriages to 2022 with 43,355 showcases a general downward trend with short-term recoveries, such as the rebound in 2003 with 61,081 marriages after a drop the previous year. This pattern suggests resilience in the face of short-term declines, though the overall long-term trend appears to be downward.

Frequently Asked Questions

When did marriages peak in Greece according to the available data?

Marriages in Greece peaked in 1995, with a total of 63,987.

Terms and Definitions

Marriage is a legally or formally recognized institution where two individuals establish a partnership. This may involve religious, legal, social, and personal aspects that depend on the culture or sub-culture in which it takes place. It often grants partners various benefits and duties, including legal ones related to property, inheritance, or family matters.

This refers to a legal union between two individuals, recognized and documented by a government authority. Typically, civil marriage takes place without any religious connotations and often involves a civil ceremony in a courthouse or city hall.

A type of marriage ceremony that is conducted and recognized by a religious body - such as the Church in the case of Greece. This form of marriage carries religious, as well as legal, implications and is often considered a sacred ceremony.

This term refers to statistical data relating to the population and the groups within it. In the context of the article, demographics would refer to the characteristics of individuals getting married in Greece, such as their age, gender, and possibly their cultural or religious backgrounds.

This frequently used statistical concept represents the number of marriages per unit of population, usually expressed per thousand. It's generally used to understand the prevalence of marriage across a specific population in a particular timeframe.

Cohabitation refers to the situation where two individuals live together in an intimate relationship, often sharing the same household, without being legally married. While it might be seen as a form of marriage, it lacks the legal recognition of official marriage.

In some jurisdictions, a common-law marriage is a legally recognized union between two individuals who have not obtained a civil or religious marriage but live together and present themselves as a married couple.

This is a measure of the number of divorces that occur in a population over a certain period, typically one year. It is often expressed as a ratio or percentage of the total number of marriages or the total population.

Annulment refers to a legal process that declares a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, which dissolves a marriage, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never existed. Reasons for annulment often include fraud, bigamy, or a party being underage at the time of the marriage.
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