Divorce rate in China 2008-2018

As of 2017, the divorce rate in China has climbed to a high of 3.15 per 1,000 population. This number has been constantly increasing since 2000.

Divorces worldwide

   The divorce rate in China has soared from around 0.96 per thousand population from almost two decades ago in 2000 to 3.15 in 2017, while the number of registered marriages had revealed a general trend of increasing from almost 8.5 million in 2000 to around 10.6 million in 2017, peaking in 2013 at almost 13.5 million. Compared to other more developed countries in Asia, the divorce rate in China was rather high. For example, the divorce rate in Singapore in 2017 was almost two million and that in Korea in 2018 was slightly over two million. Furthermore, such a divorce rate in the rest of the world could be considered high. In Russia, for example, the divorce rate is on the high side of the spectrum and in many countries (Australia, Poland, Panama), the rate is between one to three million. On the other hand, the trend in China matched with most countries where divorce rate either stayed almost constant (Singapore, Panama) or grew over the years (Australia, Poland). This phenomenon is widely believed to be associated with the recent change in societal attitudes regarding accepting divorces and simplification of legal processes.

Dating scene in China 

   For the younger generations, dating and marriage happens (if at all) at a much later life stage, compared to their parents. The fact that China has the highest working hours in the region does not ease the dire situation for the singles in China, most seemed to be in employed as professionals or employed in the media sector where long working hours and high work pressure is quite common.

Divorce rate in China from 2008 to 2018

Divorce rate per 1,000 population
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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* According to the source, these figures represent the unadjusted divorce rate, which is calculated as follows:
Divorce rate = (number of divorced couples in the respective year / annual population average) * 100‰ .

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