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People > Divorce rate: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The divorce rate per 1000 people doesn’t tell the whole story about the prevalence of divorce in a country. Countries with more marriages will usually also have higher numbers of divorced people.

To get an idea of how many marriages end in divorce, take a look at the number of divorces per 100 marriages, where Belgium tops the list at 59.8 divorces for every 100 marriages.

Only six countries are in the top 20 of both divorces per 1000 people and divorces per 100 marriages.

The United States and Russia are first and third, respectively, for divorce rates per 1000 people. But they are first and second in the number or marriages per 1000 people per year, and don’t appear in the top 20 of divorces per 1000 marriages.

DEFINITION: Divorce rate per 1,000 people.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 4.95 per 1,000 people 2004
2 Puerto Rico 4.47 per 1,000 people 2004
3 Russia 3.36 per 1,000 people 2004
4 United Kingdom 3.08 per 1,000 people 2004
5 Denmark 2.81 per 1,000 people 2004
6 New Zealand 2.63 per 1,000 people 2004
7 Australia 2.52 per 1,000 people 2004
8 Canada 2.46 per 1,000 people 2004
9 Finland 1.85 per 1,000 people 2004
10 Barbados 1.21 per 1,000 people 2004
11 Guadeloupe 1.18 per 1,000 people 2004
12 Qatar 0.97 per 1,000 people 2004
13 Portugal 0.88 per 1,000 people 2004
14 Albania 0.83 per 1,000 people 2004
15 Tunisia 0.82 per 1,000 people 2004
16 Singapore 0.8 per 1,000 people 2004
17 China 0.79 per 1,000 people 2004
18 Greece 0.76 per 1,000 people 2004
19 Brunei 0.72 per 1,000 people 2004
20 Panama 0.68 per 1,000 people 2004
21 Syria 0.65 per 1,000 people 2004
22 Thailand 0.58 per 1,000 people 2004
23 Mauritius 0.47 per 1,000 people 2004
24 Ecuador 0.42 per 1,000 people 2004
25 El Salvador 0.41 per 1,000 people 2004
26 Cyprus 0.39 per 1,000 people 2004
=27 Chile 0.38 per 1,000 people 2004
=27 Jamaica 0.38 per 1,000 people 2004
=29 Mongolia 0.37 per 1,000 people 2004
=29 Turkey 0.37 per 1,000 people 2004
31 Mexico 0.33 per 1,000 people 2004
32 Italy 0.27 per 1,000 people 2004
33 Brazil 0.26 per 1,000 people 2004
34 Sri Lanka 0.15 per 1,000 people 2004

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Divorce rate. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", divorcereform.org2004. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Divorce-rate

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