Egypt marriages up by 2.7%, divorces up by 2.2%

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 May 2013

Egypt's statistical agency CAPMAS releases statistics on marital status by age groups, gender and urban and rural areas in the country

Egypt saw 2.7 percent more marriages in 2012 from 2011 and 2.2 percent more divorces in the same period, latest data from the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) show.

The total number of marriages in 2012 reached 933,400 in comparison to 898,000 in 2011. Rural Egypt has more marriages, accounting for 54.9 percent of total marriages.

Most men (43.4 percent) marry between the age of 25 - 30, while most women (42.1 percent) marry between the age of 20 - 25.

The national divorce rate increased to 2.2 percent with 155,300 documented in 2012 in comparison to 151,900 in 2011. The majority of divorces are documented in the urban areas, estimated at 59.1 percent of the total.

Notably, most divorcees among men are between the ages of 30 - 35 estimated at 19.7 percent. Among women, the highest divorce rate is documented between the age of 25 - 30 constituting 23.4 percent of the total.

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