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Divorce rate in South Korea 2008-2018

Crude divorce rate in South Korea from 2008 to 2018 (per 1,000 inhabitants)*

by Won So, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Divorce rate in South Korea 2008-2018 The divorce rate in South Korea has remained unchanged during the last years; with a value of 2.1 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants. While the marriage rate in the country is decreasing every year, the divorce rate does not show any signs of decrease. This reflects a change in the country’s social norms; as the stigma attached to leaving a marriage becomes less significant, more people are deciding to get a divorce if they are unhappy in their marriage.
Happily ever after?

The main reasons for divorce in the country have changed over the years, but include factors such as domestic abuse, financial instability, infidelity and basic unhappiness. While the divorce rate has increased, the actual number of divorcees in the country has decreased and stood at just over one hundred thousand people in 2017.

Decline in weddings

Just as it has become more acceptable to leave a marriage, the number of marriages has also declined across the country. Over the past five years, the marriage number has steadily decreased as South Koreans now are not placing such a high importance on marriage as with previous generations. A major factor stopping Koreans from getting married is concern about childbirth and childcare, with many believing they are not financially secure enough. In fact, many young people do not have any plans to marry at all.
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Crude divorce rate in South Korea from 2008 to 2018 (per 1,000 inhabitants)*

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