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The majority of Greeks experience the religious rites of passage (baptisms, funerals, weddings) within the Church. However, mainly because of the financial crisis, the non-religious marriage is on the rise. Although cremation is legal since 2006 (law 3448/2006), various obstacles have been put up for preventing the construction of a crematorium.

The blessing of the Church is considered important in relation to birth, marriage and death. 66% believe in the importance of baptism, 85.8% of religious marriage and 90.2% of the religious funeral.

Table 1. Importance of religious service: funeral
EVS 1999-2008

EVS-wave1999-20012008-2010Total
religious service important: death
No 12.8 7.5 9.8
Yes 87.2 92.5 90.2
Total 100 100 100
N= 1107 1482 2589

Table 2. Importance of religious service: marriage
EVS 1999-2008

EVS-wave1999-20012008-2010Total
religious service important: marriage
No 17.1 12.1 14.2
Yes 82.9 87.9 85.8
Total 100 100 100
N= 1116 1482 2589

Table 3. Importance of religious service: baptism
EVS 1999-2008

EVS-wave1999-20012008-2010Total
religious service important: birth
No 33.3 34.4 34
Yes 66.7 65.6 66
Total 100 100 100
N= 1069 1437 2506

Source: The data used here is derived from the European Values Study (EVS 1981-2008 Longitudinal Data File).

D 22 September 2016    AKonstantinos Papastathis

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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