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MAP: Divorce Rates Around The World

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The divorce rate is still high in the U.S. at 53%. But Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Hungary are worse off with divorce rates higher than 60%.

Belgium has the highest rate of divorce in this data set at a staggering 70%. The lowest official rate is in Chile with 3%.

Any thoughts on why the hugs disparity? Just culture?

Just looking at Central and South America:  Catholicism.

Catholicism! Right!

Also, shame on BI for not linking to the subreddit where this map initiated, which has good comments:

Thanks!!  Liars, damn liars, and maps.

"Most divorce statistics show percentage of marriages that end in divorce. That statistic includes everyone, ranging from Grandma and Grandpa who just celebrated their 50th anniversary to people like Charlie Sheen.

So it's great to know the total ratio of marriages to divorces, but if you're going into your first marriage and want to know how likely a divorce is, it's more meaningful to look at percentage of first marriages that end in divorce. To figure that out, you would only count Charlie Sheen as one divorce (his first one) rather than counting him three times like you would if you were looking at total number of divorces."

Makes sense.

That said, there's still a LOT of divorces in the world.

Most people were not meant to spend a lifetime together.

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