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.