Divorce Rates By Country 2020

Many couples choose to express their love by tying the knot. Unfortunately, not all marriages last forever, and divorce is something that occurs in nations all around the world.

We’re going to take an in-depth look at divorce rates by country, breaking down the countries with the highest rates, as well as the nations with the lowest rates.

Determining divorce rates is typically performed by using census data. There are several different ways to use this data. For example, you can calculate the crude divorce rate. This simply looks at the number of divorced couples per year divided by the total population. This number is then multiplied by 1,000 and is expressed as a number per 1,000 people. So, for example, if there are 100,000 people living in a nation, and there are 500 divorces per year, working out this equation would show that there are 5 divorces per 1,000 residents.

There are other ways to calculate divorce rates, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll be comparing the crude divorce rate of different nations around the world.

Looking at the crude divorce rate shows that Russia has the highest rate of divorce. According to United Nations data from 2011, Russia’s divorce rate is 4.8 divorces per every 1,000 residents. Belarus trails only slightly behind with 4.1 divorces per every 1,000 residents.

When it comes to the nation with the third highest divorce rate, there are two countries that are tied, each of which falls significantly behind Russia and Belarus. Gibraltar and the United States each have a divorce rate of 3.2 divorces per every 1,000 residents.

On the other side of the coin, there are nations with very low divorce rates. The country with the lowest, based on UN data, is Sri Lanka with a divorce rate of 0.15 divorces per 1,000 residents. Vietnam has the next lowest rate at 0.4 divorces per every 1,000 residents. South African and Bosnia and Herzegovina are tied for the third lowest rate of divorce at 0.6 divorces per 1,000 residents.

Country Number of Divorces per 1,000 Population Population 2019
Guatemala0.417,581,472
Qatar0.42,832,067
Peru0.532,510,453
Ireland0.64,882,495
French Guiana0.8290,832
Malta0.8440,372
Greece110,473,455
Martinique1375,554
Tajikistan19,321,018
Uzbekistan132,981,716
Mexico1.1127,575,529
Montenegro1.1627,987
Panama1.14,246,439
Suriname1.1581,372
Jamaica1.22,948,279
Armenia1.22,957,731
Slovenia1.22,078,654
Azerbaijan1.310,047,718
Mongolia1.33,225,167
Serbia1.38,772,235
Brunei1.4433,285
Bulgaria1.57,000,119
Kyrgyzstan1.56,415,850
Italy1.660,550,075
Mauritius1.61,269,668
Barbados1.6287,025
Romania1.619,364,557
Turkey1.683,429,615
Luxembourg2615,729
Belgium211,539,328
Jordan2.110,101,694
South Korea2.151,225,308
Portugal2.110,226,187
Spain2.146,736,776
Egypt2.1100,388,073
Dominican Republic2.210,738,958
Cyprus2.31,198,575
Iran2.382,913,906
Macau2.3640,445
Czech Republic2.410,689,209
Liechtenstein2.438,019
Sweden2.410,036,379
Estonia2.51,325,648
Finland2.55,532,156
United States2.5329,064,917
Costa Rica2.65,047,561
Denmark2.65,771,876
Puerto Rico2.62,933,408
Georgia2.73,996,765
Cuba2.911,333,483
Kazakhstan318,551,427
Lithuania32,759,627
Latvia3.11,906,743
Ukraine3.143,993,638
Belarus3.49,452,411
Moldova3.74,043,263
Guam4.2167,294
Russia4.7145,872,256