Marriages per 1,000 per annum
1. Barbados (13.1)
A majority of Bajans—as residents of Barbados are often called—is Christian.
2. Vietnam (12.1)
While Buddhism does not compel the Vietnamese people to tie the knot, Vietnam has the second highest rate of marriages. Buddhists marry out of a personal decision, and not because not doing so would be considered sinful.
3. Ethiopia (10.2)
Africa's oldest independent nation has a mixed population of Muslims and Christians.
In Ethiopia, the parents of the bride and groom are often the ones at the forefront of arranging Christian marriages.
4. Seychelles (9.9)
About 90% of the country's population is Catholic according to the US Library of Congress. Anglicans (7%), evangelical Protestants (1%), and other religious groups make up the rest of the population.
5. Jordan (9.7)
Group weddings, participated in by hundreds of couples, is a common practice in this Islamic nation to defray wedding costs.
6. Iran (8.9)
Marriage rules are guided by Shia law though non-Shias are permitted to follow their own religious practices. Before the Iranian Revolution, women were allowed to marry at 18 and men at 21.
7.a Algeria (8.8)
When an Algerian couple gets married, the bride normally moves in with the groom's family, where she lives under the watchful eye of her mother-in-law.
7.b Mauritius (8.8)
Hinduism is one of the predominant religions in this African country. There are 13 intricate steps or rituals at the core of a Vedic wedding ceremony. The ceremony ends with the couple throwing food offerings into a sacred fire.
9. Jamaica (8.3)
A typical wedding in this island nation involves the participation of the entire village or community where the couple lives.
10. USA (8.0)
About 2.5 million weddings take place in the United States each year with June being the most popular month to exchange vows.
Print ed: 02/10