Saturday, June 02, 2012

World's Divorce Rate

QUESTION: In 2010, which country's divorce rate rose for the first time in almost a decade?


In 2010, there were 119,589 divorces in England and Wales, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year, the Telegraph reported. The jump, which some experts suggested was an effect of the 2008-2009 recession, marked the first time that the divorce rate had risen in almost a decade.

QUESTION: Three of 10 divorces in this European country were said to be the product of men exhibiting "unusually close attachment" to their mothers.


In 2006, the Guardian reported on a poll that suggested three out of 10 marriages in Italy failed due to the unusually close attachment some Italian men had to their their mothers. "In Italy there still exists a sort of mother love that is excessive," psychologist Dr. Annamaria Cassanese told the paper. "For example, you will see mothers crying at the weddings of their sons, but they are not crying for joy, they are crying because they feel devastated." 

QUESTION: What Asian country's post office offered newlyweds a chance to write love letters to each other that would be sent seven years later, as a way counter the rising divorce rate?  


In 2011, the BBC reported that China's state-run post-office had begun offering couples a service where love letters they wrote to each other at the time would be sent seven years into their marriages. With the country's divorce rate on the rise, the thought was that the love notes would stave off splits, reminding potentially divorcing couples why they got together in the first place.

QUESTION: When the divorce rate among retirees soared in this country in the 2000s, experts blamed "retired husband syndrome."


Between 1985 and 2000, the divorce rate among Japanese couples married for 20 years doubled and then some, ABC News reported in 2006. According to the BBC, experts blamed "retired husband syndrome," explaining that many "salarymen" (who had lived elsewhere for work) came home to find that they barely knew their spouses. 

QUESTION: A 2011 study showed that 48 percent of parents in this country had split by their children's 16th birthdays.


A 2011 Centre for Social Justice study showed that 48 percent of children in the UK were likely to see their parents split before they reached 16. Ten years prior, the rate was 40 percent. 

QUESTION: Which country has the highest divorce rate in the world? 

ANSWER: Russia

Russia, the largest country in the world, lives up to its size by boasting the highest known divorce rate -- 5 divorces per 1000 people, according to the 2010 United Nations Demographic Yearbook.