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64% of babies born out of wedlock


Bladid newspaper reports that Icelanders are top of the league when it comes to babies born out of wedlock. In a survey of European nations, 64% of Icelandic babies in 2004 were born to cohabiting or single parents, compared to 31.6% in Europe as a whole. Estonia comes next, at 60%, followed by Sweden at 55% and Denmark at 45.4%. In southern Europe, though, the figures are lower: 3.3% in Cyprus, 4.9% in Greece, and slightly higher percentages in two Catholic countries, Italy and Poland. It seems that the further north one goes in Europe, the higher the percentage of children born out of wedlock.

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