Two new marriages every minute; one divorce every two in Egypt in 2022: Report

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Egypt registered 1.8 new marriages every minute and one divorce every two minutes in 2022, according to a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) on marital trends.

File Photo: Egyptian couples share a moment as they overlook the Nile river from the Qasr el-Nil bri
File Photo: Egyptian couples share a moment as they overlook the Nile river from the Qasr el-Nil bridge near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.


The number of marriages in the country increased to 929,400 in 2022, an increase of 5.6 percent over 880,000 in 2021, according to the CAPMAS report.

This translates to over 77,000 marriages per month, or 2,546 per day, 106 per hour, 1.8 per minute, and one every 34 seconds.

The highest number of new marriages were in Cairo (150,300), Sharqiya (61,000), Beheira (58,000), as well as Daqahliya (57,100), and Minya (56,600 cases).

They are followed by Sohag (52,000), Gharbiya (51,000), Alexandria (50,000), Giza (48,800), and Assiut (43,600).

But those numbers alone do not tell the whole story.

When compared with previous population data provided by CAPMAS, the governorates with the highest marriage rates are Cairo (one marriage per 67.9 people), Gharbiya (one per 105.9), and Sohag (one per 109.6).

Separate way!

On the other hand, there were 269,800 divorces in 2022, an increase of 5.9 percent over 254,800 in 2021.

This averages out to 22,500 divorces per month, or 739 per day, 31 per hour, and one every 117 seconds.

Governorates that had the highest number of divorces were Cairo (57,000), Alexandria (26,300), Giza (24,100), Sharqiya (19,000), and Qalioubiya (14,200).

They are followed by Gharbiya (13,500), Beheira (13,000), Menoufiya (8,400), and Minya (8,000).

Governorates with the highest divorce rates are Cairo (one divorce per 178.9 people) and Alexandria (one per 209.1). Then, there is a large jump to the next highest governorates, Giza (one per 394.2) and Gharbiya (one per 400).

According to recent government figures, 25 out of every 100 new marriages end in a divorce, with the highest rate among those aged 20-30. 

Some experts have attributed the increase in divorce rates in Egypt to numerous factors, including wrong partner selection, failure in communication, and stressful economic conditions.

More babies!

In 2022, 2.193 million babies were born in Egypt, a slight increase of 0.4 percent from the 2.185 million born in 2021, according to CAPMAS.

This means that 182,800 babies were born every month, or 6,008 per day, 250 per hour, 4.2 per minute, and one every 14 seconds.

Egypt's current population stands at 105.3 million.

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