Marriage and divorce rates in Russia 2000-2018

Both marriage and divorce rates in Russia saw a decrease between 2017 and 2018. In the latest year observed, 6.1 marriages were registered per thousand inhabitants, compared to four divorces per thousand Russians. In 2010, there were 8.5 marriages registered per thousand inhabitants, which was the highest number recorded during the period under consideration.

What do marriage and divorce rates mean?

Crude marriage rate refers to the number of marriages per one thousand population, according to the United Nations Population Division. In total, under 900 thousand marriages were registered in Russia in 2018, while the country’s population was measured at 146.8 million in that year. Another indicator relevant to Russian demographics is a crude divorce rate, which is the number of divorces recorded in a year per one thousand population, as defined by the United Nations Population Division. Thus, under 530 thousand divorces were registered in Russia in 2019.

What do Russians think of marriage?

In every age category, most Russians believed that being married and living in a family was most preferable in the society. However, the share of family and marriage supporters was the lowest among 18-to-24-year-olds, measuring at 62 percent. Both for men and women, the ideal age to get married was considered in a person’s twenties.

Number of of marriages and divorces per 1,000 population in Russia from 2000 to 2018*

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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

Russia

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Data for divorces were obtained from here.

** Figures from 2005 to 2010 were calculated using the population data recounted considering the results of the all-Russian population census of 2020.

*** Figure include Crimea and Sevastopol since 2014.

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