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World's 10 Most Divorced Nations

From a young age men and women (but more especially women, really) are taught about the notion of the big day. We learn to aspire to the ideal of settling down with someone and saying I do. The indoct

From a young age men and women (but more especially women, really) are taught about the notion of the big day. We learn to aspire to the ideal of settling down with someone and saying I do. The indoctrination into the cult of marriage begins early, through the media and children’s fairy tales, and can often be at odds with the reality of the majority of adult relationships we see around us. Still, the aspiration for that “happy ever after” marriage remains ingrained into the fabric of most societies.

Statistically, the reality for many of us is that it may take quite a while to find Mr or Mrs Right: where once the notion of divorce was a hushed topic and a scandal, these days we are fortunate enough to be able to call quits on a relationship that isn’t working - we're habitually signing breakup contingency agreements before we've even tied the knot! In the western world, divorce may be cause for at most some idle gossip among friends, but we have the freedom to leave and to continue our search for The One.

The UN’s Demographics and Social Statistics Division keeps track of the ratio of marriages to divorces in each country, and the stats demonstrate that certain nationalities are significantly more likely to get divorced than others. The social acceptance of divorce - including various religious and cultural conventions - in a nation may in part contribute to this, as indeed may the ease and expense with which a divorce may be carried out. While nations such as Jamaica, Colombia and Mexico all had comparatively low levels of divorce, some ostensibly traditional nations reported surprisingly high rates of divorce. We’ve taken a look at the nations where significantly more couples are getting divorced than staying together to see what it is that's leaving so many marriages in pieces in these ten countries.

10 USA: 53%

9 France: 55%

8 Cuba: 56%

7 Estonia: 58%

6 Luxembourg: 60%

5 Spain: 61%

4 Czech Republic: 66%

3 Hungary: 67%

2 Portugal: 68%

1 Belgium: 71%

A first glance, Belgium appears an example of European modernity: a nation with a rich history and splendid architecture which is the centre of power for the European Union and Parliament. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll realise that all is not well in the nation so famous for its chocolate. Politically, Belgium is fiercely divided between the French speaking south, which includes the capital Brussels, and the Flemish speaking north, close to Holland. The nation is so divided that successive elections have resulted in collapsed governments with Belgium going a record 535 days without a government  as a result. Against this backdrop divorce levels have been climbing, with the decline of the Church cited as a key factor in these figures. Around 32,000 Belgians sign divorce papers every year. Belgian courts will grant a divorce on the grounds of adultery, excesses, physical or mental cruelty and de facto separation. Only about a third of marriages in Belgium actually last, which is a startling fact that undeniably calls the integrity of the 'til-death-do-us-part institution (in Belgium, at least) into question.

 

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