Divorce Rates by Country 2021

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Many couples choose to express their love by tying the knot. Unfortunately, not all marriages last forever, and divorce 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 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. For example, if 100,000 people live in a nation, and there are 500 divorces per year, working out this equation shows five divorces per 1,000 residents.

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

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 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, two countries 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. In the U.S., Nevada has the highest divorce rate of any state at 14%.

On the other side of the coin, there are nations with 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 Africa and Bosnia and Herzegovina are tied for the third-lowest rate of divorce at 0.6 divorces per 1,000 residents.

Divorce Rates by Country 2021

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Divorce Rates by Country 2021

Country Number of Divorces per 1,000 Population Population 2021
Russia4.7145,912,025
Guam4.2170,179
Moldova3.74,024,019
Belarus3.49,442,862
Latvia3.11,866,942
Ukraine3.143,466,819
Lithuania32,689,862
Kazakhstan318,994,962
Cuba2.911,317,505
Georgia2.73,979,765
Puerto Rico2.62,828,255
Costa Rica2.65,139,052
Denmark2.65,813,298
Estonia2.51,325,185
Finland2.55,548,360
United States2.5332,915,073
Liechtenstein2.438,250
Sweden2.410,160,169
Czech Republic2.410,724,555
Macau2.3658,394
Cyprus2.31,215,584
Iran2.385,028,759
Dominican Republic2.210,953,703
Portugal2.110,167,925
Jordan2.110,269,021
Spain2.146,745,216
South Korea2.151,305,186
Egypt2.1104,258,327
Luxembourg2634,814
Belgium211,632,326
Barbados1.6287,711
Mauritius1.61,273,433
Romania1.619,127,774
Italy1.660,367,477
Turkey1.685,042,738
Kyrgyzstan1.56,628,356
Bulgaria1.56,896,663
Brunei1.4441,532
Mongolia1.33,329,289
Serbia1.38,697,550
Azerbaijan1.310,223,342
Slovenia1.22,078,724
Armenia1.22,968,127
Jamaica1.22,973,463
Suriname1.1591,800
Montenegro1.1628,053
Panama1.14,381,579
Mexico1.1130,262,216
Martinique1374,745
Macedonia12,082,658
Tajikistan19,749,627
Greece110,370,744
Uzbekistan133,935,763
French Guiana0.8306,448
Malta0.8442,784
Ireland0.64,982,907
Peru0.533,359,418
Qatar0.42,930,528
Guatemala0.418,249,860

Divorce Rates by Country 2021