Luxembourg may look like a perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding but it has the second-lowest marriage rate in Europe at 3.2 marriages for every 1,000 residents, according to EU figures for 2017.
It placed in joint second with Italy, just behind Slovenia, with 3.1 marriages. While rates relative to the population may be comparatively low, absolute numbers have been rising over the past seven years. According to data published on Statec, some 1,908 people tied the knot in Luxembourg in 2017, up from 1,749 in 2010.
Same sex marriages
There was a small boost in 2015 when Luxembourg legalised same sex marriage and the total number of marriages shot up to 2,052, of which 139 were same sex marriages. Luxembourg City recorded the largest number of marriages of any commune with 380 in 2017.
Couples were most likely to get married in Lithuania, which recorded 7.5 marriages for every 1,000 residents in 2017, followed by Romania (7.3), and Cyprus (6.8).
Across the EU, the marriage rate declined from 7.8 per 1,000 residents in 1965, to 4.3 in 2015. Meanwhile, the divorce rate more than doubled, from 0.8 to 1.9 over the same period.