In Armenia, Marriage Down While Divorce Up

YEREVAN (ARKA)—The number of divorces in Armenia increased in 2010 while the number of marriages dropped, according to a new demographic study from the National Statistics Service of Armenia.

The head of the NSS Population Census and Demography department, Karine Kuyumjian, explained that the nearly 18,000 marriages registered in Armenia during 2010 were 4.2% lower than 2009 figures. Meanwhile, divorce rates were up by 5.9% from 2009 at nearly 3,000.

Speaking to reporters in Yerevan, Kuyumjian also said the average age for getting married in Armenia increased in 2010. “In 2010, the average age of engaged men was 29, while the average age for an engaged woman was 25,” she said, adding that only a few years ago, the average age for marrying men and women, respectively, was 26 and 21.

The data, according to Kuyumjian, only refers to registered marriages. There are currently no statistics on unregistered marriages in Armenia, she explained, adding that all 2011 surveys from the NSS asks whether respondants have a registered or unregistered marriage.


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