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  • ... that among EU members, Cyprus has the highest number of marriages (7.76 per 1000 population per year), whereas the Slovenians are the people least keen to get married (2.88 marriages per 1000 per year). The EU average in 2005 was 4.88 marriages per 1000 population, which is almost half the number of marriages in 1960s. As well as a decrease in the rate of marriages, there was also an increase in the average age at which people get married. The average age of a first marriage for men rose from 26 years in 1980 to over 30 by 2004, while for women it rose from 23 to almost 28 years.
  • ... that as for the age of the bride and groom in different EU members, the Lithuanians marry the youngest, with the bride's average age being 25 and the groom's 27 years. Interestingly, the Lithuanians also have the highest number of divorces (3.3 divorces per year per 1000 population).
  • ... that the oldest regulations regarding divorce were made in France and Luxembourg, where divorce was introduced in 1791 and 1794? In many other countries it was introduced in the 19th century. However, it was not until 1970 in Italy, 1975 in Portugal, 1976 in Scotland, 1981 in Spain, and 1995 in Ireland that divorce became possible. Divorce is still not legal in Malta.
  • ... that about 50% of men smoke in Latvia, Estonia and Slovenia? For women, Austria and Denmark recorded the highest incidence, with just over 30% of the female population classified as daily smokers. The lowest proportion of the population to smoke in 2003 was recorded in Sweden (16.5%) and Finland (21.6%) for men, and in Portugal (6.8%) for women.
  • ... that the number of hospital beds in the EU is decreasing? In the eighties, there were on average more than 800 beds per 100,000 inhabitants, whereas today there are just over 600 beds for the same number of people. This can be explained by the reduction in the average length of stay in hospitals, which in turn may well be the consequence of an increased use of different types of outpatient and day-care services, as well as an increasing use of services related to early detection and shorter periods being spent in hospital following surgery.
  • ... that on average Greece has on the highest number of doctors, 453 per 100,000 inhabitants? Next are Belgium (400), the Czech Republic (393) and Bulgaria (352). Slovenia ranks at the bottom of the list with 230 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants, followed only by Poland (229), Romania (217), and the Netherlands (192).


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Date: 28.12.2007