Marriages and divorces on the rise in Turkey, according to TÜİK

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ANKARA

More people in Turkey got married and divorced in 2021 compared to the previous year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said, in contrast to a sharp decline seen in 2020 for reasons mainly believed caused by the pandemic.

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The figures show that the number of couples who got married in 2021 increased by 15.1% and similarly, the number of couples who divorced decreased by 27.4%. The number of couples who got married last year was 561,710, while 174,085 couples divorced.

The crude marriage rate, which measures the number of marriages per thousand among the population, reached a rate of 0.68% in 2021, compared to 0.69% in 2020. Statistics also show that the average number of divorces was 1.75 per thousand.

The highest divorce rate occurred in the Aegean province of Izmir and the metropolis was followed by the Mediterranean province of Antalya and the southwestern province of Uşak, respectively.

While the highest marriage rate was in Kilis, a province on the Syrian border of Turkey where the rate was 8.27 per thousand last year, it was followed by Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman, two provinces very close of Kilis.

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The provinces with the highest marriage rates also give a clue as to which nationalities Turkish men marry the most. Similar to last year, Syrians exceeded the number of foreign brides at 14.6%.

They were followed by Azerbaijani brides with 10.1% and Uzbek brides with 9.8%.

However, the number of foreign brides was 4,976 in 2020, or 0.8% of the total number of brides, according to the figures. When foreign brides were examined based on their nationality, Germans took first place with 25.2%.

They were followed by Syrians with 20.7% and Austrians with 5.5%.

The largest rise in marriages was recorded in May and June, when coronavirus measures were eased. While the number of marriages stood at 21,676 in May last year, it more than tripled to 75,137 in June.

When the number of divorces was analyzed by month, there was a significant drop in August due to the judicial holiday. While the number of divorces was 3,779 in August, it was multiplied by almost six in September after the end of the judicial holidays, reaching 21,955.

According to statistics, more than 33% of divorces took place during the first five years of marriage.

Statistics have also shown an increase in the average age of those marrying for the first time for both men and women. Males typically marry at 28.1, while females marry at 25.4. The age difference between the couples was about three years, according to the figures.

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