THE NUMBER OF MARRIAGES IN ARMENIA REDUCE AS DIVORCES GROW

YEREVAN, April 30. /ARKA/. The number of divorces in the first quarter
of 2013 in Armenia surged by 15.1% when compared to the same period in
2012, while the number of marriages decreased by 1.6%, Karine
Kuyumjian, head of Census and Demography Department of the National
Statistical Service, told reporters today.

She said 4,591 marriages were registered in the first three months of
the year, down from 4,668 marriages registered in the first quarter of
2012. Thus, the number of registered marriages per one thousand people
was six, she said.

The decline in the number of registered marriages was reported in
Yerevan and Ararat region, while in Gegharkunik and Armavir provinces
their number increased. Speaking on divorces, she said 897 divorces
were granted in January-March, up from 779 in the first three months
of 2012. The number of divorces per one thousand people in the first
quarter of 2012 was one, while in the first quarter of this year the
index rose to 1.2. The largest number of divorces was among couples
married over 20 years and those married from one to four years.

Kuyumjian also said according to the latest census conducted in 2011,
32.6% of Armenian males and 24.6% of females were never married; 63%
of men and 57.7% of women were either in registered or so-called civil
marriage.

Also some 3.2% of men and 13.9% of women were widows and widowers, and
1.2% and 3.8% respectively were divorced.

Compared to the 90s the average age of men and women getting married
has increased by 2.5 years, reaching 29.6 for men and 25.3 for women.

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From: A. Papazian