People in the Balkans, as well as around the world, get married less and less, while the number of divorces is getting higher.
Anadolu Agency journalist learned that people do get married the most in Serbia and Montenegro in the Balkans, while in Croatia one in four marriages ends with divorce. People in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the official statistics, do get divorced the least.
According to the official statistic data from Serbia, last year 34,639 couples got married, which represents increase from 2011 for 3.3 percent. At the same time, 7,372 couples got divorced, that is less than in 2011 when 8,251 divorces were registered. According to the official statistics, in this country one in five marriages ends with divorce.
In Montenegro, during 2012, 3,305 couples got married and 515 divorced. However, even in this country people get married less and less, while number of divorces is getting higher. One in six marriages ends with divorce.
Croatia had 20,323 marriages in 2012. The country that became recently a new EU member, has the highest rate of divorces in the region - one in four marriages.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is somewhere in the middle of these statistics with 20,084 marriages in 2012, and 1,609 divorces. While the statistics are finding that more people got married in 2012 than in 2011, at the same time it shows high rate of divorces.
According to the Eurostat, the number of marriages per 1,000 inhabitants in EU member countries is 4.4. At the same time, number of divorces is 1.9. In Russia this number is 5, in Ukraine 3.6, Moldova 3.5, US 3.4, Cuba 3.2, and Lithuania 3.1.