It’s a family affair in Cyprus and Greece

Cypriots are the most likely people in the European Union to get married, whereas Greeks seem reluctant to tie the knot but are unlikely to get divorced once they have walked down the isle, according to an EU survey. Timed to coincide with the International Day of Families today, the survey by Eurostat found that there were 7.2 weddings per 1,000 people in Cyprus – the highest in the EU. In Greece there were 4.2 – the third lowest. According to the poll, both Greeks and Cypriots stick to traditional values once they are married. Greece had the third-lowest divorce rate (1.1 per thousand people) after Ireland and Italy. In Cyprus, only 3.3 percent of children were born out of wedlock and in Greece this figure reached 4.9 percent – the two lowest rates in the EU, where nearly a third of the 4.8 million children born in 2004 came from unmarried couples.