Newest Data on European Divorce Rates 2013


European dirvorce rates for 2013

With only 27 countries reporting, the European divorce rates in 2013 indicate that the countries with the highest divorce rates are:  Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, & Denmark.  Those with the lowest divorce rates are: Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Malta.

See more world divorce trends.

These data are from Eurostat.

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Divorce Research Update 7-6-2015


 A cross cultural look at the antecedents and consequences of divorce can provide further insights into our understanding of divorce.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Härkönen, Juho (forthcoming). Divorce. In Scott, Robert A. & Kosslyn, Stephen M. (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

A nice summary of some theoretical and methodological issues to consider in studying divorce with some good references to this literature in Europe.

Terekhina S.A. Approaches to assessing the psychological well-being of minors when the parents divorce. Psikhologiia i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2015. no. 1, pp. 119–128. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.). Download PDF-fulltext (576 kb)  

Only the abstract is in English, but this summary hints at some careful thinking about the conceptualization of “psychological well-being” in regards to children who have experienced the divorce of their parents.

Andersson, G., Obucina, O. & Scott, K. (2015).  Marriage and Divorce of Immigrants and Descendants to Immigrants in Sweden, Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2015: 14.  (as noted on the paper this document has not received careful scientific review.)

A thoughtful examination of the marriage, divorce and remarriage patterns among immigrants to Sweden.  The sample is large enough to examine variations among different immigrant groups (e.g., Eastern European and the Middle East/Africa).  The authors explore the differential impact of “migration stress” on the marital patterns of immigrant children and adults.

Useful Tool for European Marriage & Divorce Demographics


The best source for the latest information about marriage and divorce trends in European countries is Eurostat….. included in their site is a tool for creating graphs of the information.  See this example.

Example Eurostat Figure

Divorce Rate Trends in OECD Countries 1970-2008


Eurostat periodically issues some nice charts and explanations of marriage and divorce trends in the OECD countries.  Here is a sample of their work.  Complete report on these trends.    The report states,

“The crude divorce rates and their changes from 1970 to 2008 are presented in Chart SF3.1.E. During this period, divorce rates increased in most countries, except for Estonia and Latvia where divorce rates were high in 1970 (the increase in divorce rates in the United States from a similar base was also very small). There were large cross-national differences in crude divorce rates in 2008, and ranged from a low of less than one divorce per 1000 inhabitants in Chile and Mexico, to over 3 per 1000 inhabitants in Belgium and the United States.”

OECD divorce rates change 1970-2008

2012 Updated European Divorce Rates– 39 countries reporting


Thirty-nine European countries have reported their divorce rates to the United Nations.  Russia continues to have the highest divorce rate.  Ireland has the lowest divorce rate.

European Divorce Rates 2012-- 39 countries

 

European Countries that Legalized Divorce in Recent Decades


European Countries -- Recently Legalized Divorce

Some European countries have legalized divorce in the past 2 or 3 decades.  The divorce rates in these countries are still very low.  Italy legalized divorce in 1970, Spain legalized divorce in 1981, Ireland legalized divorce in 1995 and Malta legalized divorce in 2011.  Only Spain has seen a dramatically large change in their divorce rate.  Ireland has seen little change.  Italy’s divorce rate has doubled.  Malta has the lowest beginning rate of divorce.

The original source of this data can be found at Eurostat– Marriage & Divorce Statistics.

European Divorce Rates 2011


The United Nations updated their World Demographic Report which includes  marriage and divorce rates.  The data for Europe in 2011  is very complete (only two countries missing– Greece and Italy).  (See comparison to the European divorce rates in 2010).

Gibraltor has the highest rate followed by Russia.  Russia has had a consistently high rate of divorce but it is lower than in 2000.  (see Russian divorce rates over the past 20 years).  The rates of divorce in various countries reflect legal, cultural, and religious values.

Europe Divorce Rates 2011