A couple pour champagne at their wedding in Kaohsiung. (Photo/Hsieh Ming-tso)
Taiwan has a higher divorce rate than that registered in Japan and Singapore, according to data released by the country's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Tuesday.
In the first 11 months of this year, 49,000 married couples got divorced in Taiwan, equal to an average of 2.3 married couples legally ending their marriages per 1,000 people, the DGBAS data showed.
The figure was slightly lower than the average crude divorce rate of 2.6 divorces per 1,000 people registered for the period from 2000 to 2012, the DGBAS said in a statement.
Compared with other countries, Taiwan's divorce rate was lower than Russia's 4.7 and America's 3.6 recorded in 2011, while roughly the same as that registered in South Korea at 2.3 in 2012, Finland at 2.4 in 2012 and Germany at 2.3 in 2011.
But Taiwan's divorce rate was higher than Japan's 1.9 in 2012 and Singapore's 1.5 in 2011.
Meanwhile, 132,000 couples got married in Taiwan between January and November this year, for a crude marriage rate of 6.2 marriages per 1,000 population.
The ratio was lower than the 6.6 marriages per 1,000 people averaged in Taiwan during the 2000-2012 period.
Taiwan's crude marriage rate was far lower than China's 9.3 in 2010 and Russia's 9.2 in 2011, while slightly lower than 6.8 in the United States in 2011, but higher than that of Japan's 5.3 in 2012 and Singapore's 5.3 in 2011.