One in four Polish babies born outside of marriage

As many as 25 percent of children in Poland are born out of wedlock, among the lowest in the European Union, according to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office.

Over 5.1 million babies were born in the European Union in 2016, Eurostat said in a recent report.

“In eight of the 28 Member States, the majority of babies were born outside marriage, while in eight other member States two-thirds of babies were born to married parents,” the report said.

With six in every ten babies born to unmarried parents, France had the largest proportion (59.7 percent) of live births outside marriage in the EU in 2016. Tied in second place were Bulgaria and Slovenia (both 58.6 percent).

In contrast, fewer than one in ten babies were born to unmarried parents in Greece (9.4 percent). Births outside marriage also accounted for a quarter or fewer of all babies born in Croatia (18.9 percent), Cyprus (19.1 percent) and Poland (25.0 percent).

Poland is widely considered as one of the most ardently Catholic countries in the bloc.