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EU crude divorce rate on the rise

10/07/2020

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Over the last decades, more and more people have been getting a divorce in the EU. In 2017, there were 2.0 divorces per 1 000 persons in the EU, more than double the crude divorce rate (0.8 divorces per 1 000 persons) recorded in 1965.

Crude divorce rate: lowest Malta and Ireland, highest in Latvia and Lithuania

In 2018, among EU Member States, the lowest crude rates were registered in Malta (0.7 divorces per 1 000 persons) and Ireland (0.7, 2017 data), Slovenia (1.1), Bulgaria, Croatia and Italy (all three 1.5).

By contrast, the highest crude divorce rates were recorded in Latvia and Lithuania (both 3.1 divorces per 1 000 persons), followed by Denmark (2.6) and Sweden (2.5).

 

EU crude divorce rate 2018

 

Source dataset: demo_ndivind

 

For more information, take a look at the Statistics Explained article on Marriage and divorce statistics.

 

Note: The European Union (EU) includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Further information is published here.

 

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