For divorce statistics the divorce rate is the most relevant figure. Next to the divorce rate of all the OECD countries, we provide you with information on the number of marriages, the duration of the marriages and the average age of when people marry for the first time. All these factors influence the divorce rates.
The divorce rate in the United States has generally been going up until its peak in the late 1970s and has been slowly declining since that peak. In the most recent data, there were about 20 divorces for every 1,000 women over the age of 15. Two significant factors affecting the rising divorce rate are:
Before going to the divorce statistics graphs and the divorce statistics data tables, we give a brief summary of the conclusions we can draw from these divorce statistics.
The divorce rate in divorce statistics is usually expressed as the number of ended marriages per 1000 inhabitants in a given year.
Divorce rates have been risen since 1970 for most of the countries.
The divorce statistics show that United States and Belgium have the highest divorce rates (=above 3). It is said that divorce rates in Belgium are that high due to social security system that benefits singles.
In Chile the divorce rate seems to be low in the divorce statistics. Chile introduced a divorce law only at the beginning of the 21th century. Before, it was not possible to divorce.
The number of marriages per 1000 inhabitants declined since 1970. In some countries, the decline is relatively high (Portugal, Hungary), in others it is low. The decline in marriages is largely due to the fact that more and more people started to live together without getting married. After 1970 it became more and more socially accepted that couples live together without being married.
On average, the marriages last 10-15 years before they are dissolved. Only in Spain and Slovenia it is over 15 years.
Below, you can find the graphs and the corresponding data tables
Source: OECD Divorce Statistics
Note: * These divorce statistics data refer to 2007 for the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, Greece, Ireland and Mexico; 2006 for the Unites States, France, Israel and Chile.
|Rate in 1970||Change from 1970 to 2008||Rate in 2008*|
Note: * The divorce statistics data refer to 2008 for Cyprus, Iceland and Turkey; 2007 for the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, Canada and EU27; 2006 for Israel and Chile.
1 Footnote by Turkey: The divorce statistics with reference to Cyprus relates to the southern part of the Island. There is no single authority representing both Turkish and Greek Cypriot people on the Island. Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Until a lasting and equitable solution is found within the context of United Nations, Turkey shall preserve its position concerning the Cyprus issue.
2 Footnote by all the European Union Member States of the OECD and the European Commission: The Republic of Cyprus is recognized by all members of the United Nations with the exception of Turkey. The information in this document relates to the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
3 The divorce statistics for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Note: * The divorce statistics data refer to 2007 for Italy and Belgium; 2006 for the United Kingdom and Ireland; 2003 for Canada and Mexico; 2002 for Spain and Cyprus.
3 Data refer to all marraige and not only the first for Mexico
|Age in completed years|
Countries are ranked in descending order of mean duration from marriage to divorce in 2008
Note: * The divorce statistics data refer to 2007 for Italy, Belgium, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Greece; 2006 for France
1 and 2, see notes 1 and 2 for Chart SF3.1.A
Source: Eurostat (2010)