Top 10 Countries With the Highest Divorce Rates in the World


As the summer holiday season approaches, a harsh reality has destroyed families. In fact, it’s sad not to have at least the simple luxury of a loving family to have a vacation. Divorce is an epidemic, people are getting married less and getting more divorced, and it seems like a trend that will soon not bend in the opposite direction. Whatever the reasons, of financial problems, weakening of love, infidelity, a secularization of the world, or just not being attracted to each other anymore, the old saying seems to sound true, more than half of all marriages end in divorce. This disconcerting statistic, however, is somewhat skewed, the 50% figure in the United States was calculated by comparing the total number of marriages to the total number of divorce per 1000 people in any given year. If there were 10 marriages and 5 divorces within 1000 people in the sample, the divorce rate would be 50%. The question, however, is of those 5 divorces represented, how many divorces occurred in the same year the marriages took place? Basically, the marriage rate only examines the current year, while the divorce rate examines the results of overall marriages. It is not possible to have one year’s gross results and really get far reaching meaningful results. With this retraction made, however, this selection is ranked by the standard formula for calculating the divorce rate, the formula mentioned above, and elucidates factors leading to the 10 countries that have the highest divorce rate over marriage rate in the world.

10. HUNGARY

The 2010 statistics reported by Eurostat show that Hungary has the third highest percentage of divorce to marriage ratio of any country in the world, at 67%, meaning that over two thirds of all marriages in this country end in divorce. The country has a gross divorce rate of 2.5, which means that there are 2.5 divorces per 1000 people in the country, while it only has a gross marriage rate of 3.6; These numbers are quite alarming.

9. SWEDEN

In 2013, there were over 25,100 divorces in Sweden, which is the highest since 1975. In 1974 the law was amended to speed up the divorce law, and since then the divorce rate has increased from 20,000 to 25,000 each year. in the last 40 years. More than 100 couples who married in 2013 divorced by the end of the same year; fact is 47% of all marriages in the country ending in divorce.

8. CZECH REPUBLIC

In 1960, the Czech Republic had a divorce rate of 16%. The number rose to 50% in 2006, with the highest divorce rate in Europe this year, and the country currently stands at 66%. A professor of demography at Charles University, Jitya Rychtarikova, said large-scale employment for women in the decades after World War II contributed to the increase in divorce rates, as women did not feel economically attached to their spouses as before.

7. PORTUGAL

Portugal has some unsettling demographics, early in 2014, the National Institute of Statistics revealed that the country lost nearly half a million young people within just a decade. These figures were revealed at the same time as the divorce rate was revealed to be the second highest in the European Union and the world at 68%.

6. UKRAINE

42% of all marriages end in divorce in Ukraine, and there are many factors that contribute to this reality. Although Ukrainians are eager to marry, the divorce rate is on the rise. Experts say that Ukrainians often get married as early as possible, but do not know how to maintain their marriages. Major factors for divorce include constant financial strain, alcoholism which is a problem that destroys between 20 to 25% of all marriages, and a loss of confidence in the institution of marriage.

5. U.S.

The United States has a 53% divorce rate, which has skyrocketed in recent years. There was an increase in divorces in the 1940s after World War II, just as there was in the 1970s, and again between the 2000s. That said, 2013 and 2014 actually showed a decline in divorce rates, but some experts say that the rate has not decreased and only stabilized. Many experts point to the 2008 economic recession as a major factor in divorce.

4. RUSSIA

The largest country in the world also has one of the highest divorce rates at 51%, or a gross divorce rate of 4.8 for a gross marriage rate of 9.2. Ten years ago, every third marriage in Russia ended in divorce; it is currently every second marriage. In 2012, 1,213,000 married couples, while 650,000 married couples divorced. The country had the highest divorce rate in 2012, but has since been surpassed by a few others.

3. BELGIUM

Belgium has the highest global marriage divorce ratio in the world at 71%. One of the main reasons that this number is so high is because of the social security system that benefits singles. Divorce rates were only 9.2% in 1970, while a staggering 75.7% in 2009. This is an increase of 66.5% in just 44 years.

2. BELARUS

The third Eastern European country in this selection, Belarus has the second highest divorce rate in the world, at 68%. And 4.63 out of every 1,000 people in the country divorced. According to some experts, these numbers can be attributed to increased secularization and poverty.

1. MALDIVES

The small island nation, officially known as the Republic of Maldives, has a population of just 395,000, but there are more divorces per capita than anywhere else, and by a large margin. While Belarus ranks second in this selection with 4.63 divorces per 1000 people, the Maldives has a surprising 10.97 divorces per 1000 people. It is also one of the smallest countries in the world.

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