Divorce Rates By Country 2019

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.

Other nations with a high rate of divorce include:

  • Latvia: 3.1 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Lithuania: 3.1 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Moldova: 3.1 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Denmark: 3 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Cuba: 2.9 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • China: 2.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Ukraine: 2.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Bermuda: 2.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Estonia: 2.6 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Jordan: 2.6 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Costa Rica: 2.5 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Finland: 2.5 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Libya: 2.5 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • San Marino: 2.5 divorces per 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. Other nations that have a low divorce rate include:

  • Chile: 0.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Colombia: 0.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Ireland: 0.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Saint Lucia: 0.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • United Arab Emirates: 0.7 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • El Salvador: 0.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Malta: 0.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Nicaragua: 0.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 0.8 divorces per 1,000 residents
  • Mexico: 0.9 divorces per 1,000 residents