Increased Civil Marriages Due to Financial Crisis

Civil Marriage - CoupleIt was 1982 when Andreas Papandreou’s government caused quite a stir in traditionally Orthodox Greece by legalizing civil marriage.

At first, only a few couples chose a civil ceremony because of the various prejudices in Greek society. Nowadays, however, civil marriages outnumber religious services.

The gap between the two codes began to narrow by the beginning of the 21st century, and civil marriages outnumbered religious for the first time in 2012. More specifically, that year, 25,730 couples were married in civil ceremonies compared to 23,980 couples who opted to tie the knot in church (51.8% and 48.2% respectively).

According to data provided by several notaries, civil marriages continued to rise in 2013, and had reached 40%-50% of total marriages, according to Konstantinos Vlachakis, the president of the Hellenic Notary Association. The popularity of civil marriages has been attributed to the financial crisis, the increase in mixed marriages and the influence of European ideas.

Meanwhile, the cohabitation agreement hasn’t proven very popular among Greeks. Only few had chosen this way to formalize their relationship, again because of various social prejudices and inequalities. Lawyers also characterize the Greek cohabitation arrangement instituted in 2008 as being the least popular in Europe.


  1. The Millennials/Generation Y kiddies are following their idol Tsipras by not marrying. Alexis and his companion Comrade Peristera “Betty” Baziana have two sons which in contemporary terms would be called little B–tards. Not intending to be an insult, but that is what a child is called born out of wedlock. If he minded them being tagged with that name he would taken the time and a little effort to get married.

  2. A telling indicator of just how little comrade Tsipras cares about Hellenism and Greece — and how much he treasonously prioritizes transnational communism — one of Tsipiras kids is named Ernesto in honor after communist terrorist Ernesto Che Guevara!

    The state of our terrible economy can be directly attributed to the Greeks that believe/believed that a great economy is built primarily by a few government bureaucrats rather than it’s citizens. (even ND used to behave like the socialists and communists with wild overspending rather than focus on private sector)

    If we want to help Greece change that help is not to be found in using government to spoil Greeks like one might a bratty child. Help is in making Greeks understand they have the wrong set of values and goals. Give them purpose by encouraging them to seek the rational self-interest of themselves and their homeland. Encourage them to focus on science and technology to improve productivity. Encourage them to be hostile towards those threatening the very ethnic existence of Greeks. Help those that treat us with dignity and kindness. Treat our enemies as enemies.