Almost every second child was born out of wedlock in 2016 in the European Union – the EU Statistical Office (Eurostat) wrote in its recent report.
According to figures released by the organization on Thursday, about 43 percent of children were born out of wedlock two years ago, this figure was 15 percentage points higher than in 2000, or approximately one percentage point a year. According to Eurostat, this is a slow but continuous change in the family model.
In eight EU Member States, the proportion of children born out of wedlock was higher than those born in a marriage. Their share was highest in France, 60 percent, followed by Bulgaria and Slovenia (59), Estonia (56), Sweden (55), Denmark (54), Portugal (53) and The Netherlands (50).
At the other end of the scale there are Greece, Croatia and Cyprus, with less than 20 percent of children born out of wedlock.
In Hungary, the proportion of children born out of wedlock was 47 percent in 2016, slightly higher than the EU average.
The report also reported that between 2015 and 2016 this proportion grew in all EU member states except in Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and the United Kingdom.
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has also been examined: the rate in Liechtenstein and Switzerland was below 25%, much lower than in Norway (56) and Iceland (70).