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In Latvia, the Article 51 of the Civil Law gives the right to issue a notification of marriage to eight religious organizations (churches). This means that marriages with legal effect can be registered by Evangelical Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Old Believers, Baptists, Methodists, Seventh-day Adventists, and Jews.

Denominations Number of marriages
2014 2015
Baptists 119 137
Evangelical Lutherans 889 957
Methodists 6 8
Roman Catholics 985 884
Orthodox Christians 195 174
Seventh-day Adventistsr 13 12
Old Believers 3 12

Source: Information from the Latvian Ministry of Justice.

D 14 February 2017    AAnita Stasulane

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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