Latvia ranks first in the number of marriages in the Baltics

Latvia ranks first in the number of marriages in the Baltics


New research reveals Latvia has the 1st highest number of marriages in the Baltics and 4th place in the OECD.

The study by analysed OECD data by country to reveal the countries with the most marriages across the world.

The countries with the highest number of marriages

RankCountryYearMarriages per 1,000 people
7United States20205.1

When looking at where marriage is most common, Cyprus tops the list. Cyprus saw 8.9 marriages per 1,000 people over the course of 2019. As the birthplace of Aphrodite in Greek mythology, Cyprus is referred to as the ‘island of love’ and it appears that the name holds true.

In second place is the Central European nation of Hungary, with 6.9 marriages per 1,000 people. Hungary has seen a big increase in the number of people getting married in the last couple of years. This could be partly due to the fact that the government has introduced strong financial incentives for people who get married and have children. 

Turkey has the third highest marriage rate, with 5.8 per 1,000 people. This means that each of the top 3 nations with the most marriages fall in Europe. Turkey also encourages marriage among its citizens, with couples who marry early getting cash payments for doing so.

Further study findings:

  • The highest-ranking country outside of Europe is Israel in 6th place, with 5.3 marriages per 1,000. Israel ranks just ahead of the USA’s 5.1 marriages per 1,000.
  • Malta is the country with the lowest divorce rates, with only 0.5 divorces per 1,000 people.

You can view the research in full here:

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