How Long The Average Marriage Lasts In Different Parts Of The World

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Bad news for Europe.

Is hoping for a marriage that'll last forever too good to be true? Stories of love that lost their spark and end in divorce have become so common, no one really bats an eyelash anymore. 

Hopes & Fears examined how common divorce is, and how long the average marriage lasts in some of the world's major cities, including New York:

1. Rome, Italy: 15 to 18 years

Separation and divorce rates have been rising at 30.7 percent since 2010 in Rome, according to Istat. Every 1,000 marriages have an equivalent of 307 separations and 182 divorces as of 2010.

However, Rome still has the most couples who stay together long term, at 15 to 18 years, including the years of separation until the time of divorce, according to The Economist.

2. Ottawa, Canada: 13.8 years

The average length of a marriage in Ottawa is 13.8 years, according to Statistics Canada. However, with divorce rates continuously rising with the national divorce rate at 48 percent, Hopes & Fears says this number may have changed.

3. Paris, France: 13 years

Surprisingly, even the city of love isn't immune to failing marriages, with the divorce rate at 55 percent. The average length of a marriage is 13 years, according to Eurostat.

4. New York City, USA: 12.2 years

Marriages in New York last more than the national average at 12.2 years, with the other states also doing well, between 10 and 14 years, according to the Department of Health.

5. Mexico City, Mexico: 12 years

According to Reuters, the average marriage in Mexico lasts around 12 years. Divorce is only at 15 percent, but recent studies show that many couples have been breaking up after only 2 years of marriage.

So, in 2011, the Mexican government issued temporary marriage licenses to make divorce easier on couples.

6. Tokyo, Japan: 11 years

According to a national census, the average marriage in Japan lasts no more than 11 years, with the divorce rate at 36 percent. Divorce ceremonies have also become common, with a separation ritual to recognize the couple going their separate ways.

7. Cape Town, Africa: 11 years

According to a 2012 report by Statistics South Africa, divorce amongst couples vary by sex and age. Men typically divorce between 40 to 44 years old, whereas women divorce between 30 to 35 years old. The average marriage lasts 11 years, with the divorce rate at 31.2 percent.

8. Sydney, Australia: 8.7 years

The Australian Institute of Family Studies found that couples are separating much quicker since 2011, with the average at 8.7 years. However, they also found that couples tended to stay together for the sake of the children.

The national divorce rate is at 43 percent, with couples often divorcing after 20 years or more of marriage, until their children are fully-grown.

9. London, England: 4 to 8 years

Hopes & Fears state that the average marriage in London typically ends in divorce after 4 to 8 years, putting the divorce rate at 42 percent. However, the national average of marriages lasts 11 years or so.

10. Doha, Qatar: 5.5 years

The divorce rate in Doha is at 38 percent, with the average marriage lasting only 5.5 years. A report from 2011 found that 60 percent of couples separate within 5 years, some not even consummating their marriage.


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