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Cohabitation agreements gain traction

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Cohabitation agreements, which grant couples living together similar rights to those who are married, appear to be gaining popularity, with the country’s statistics agency ELSTAT reporting an increase of 170.7 percent last year in the number of such civil contracts signed by couples in Greece compared to 2013.

The institution, slammed by Archbishop Ieronymos earlier this year as “a poor imitation” of marriage, has steadily gained traction.

Just 161 contracts were signed in 2009 compared to 1,573 last year.

Marriage is still far more popular, with 53,105 ceremonies last year, a 3.4 percent increase compared to 2013.