22 Jun '11, 9am

Marriage rates fall for the first time since 2003

Marriage rates fall for the first time since 2003

The number of marriages in Singapore dipped in 2010, while divorce cases crept up again. -- PHOTO: LAVANIA MOGAN THE number of marriages in Singapore dipped in 2010, while divorce cases crept up again. The Singapore Department of Statistics released these figures in their annual Statistics on Marriages and Divorces for the year 2010, on Wednesday. A total of 24,363 couples pledged to love and cherish their partners forever - a 6.6 per cent decrease from 2009 - and the first drop since 2003. Interethnic marriages however, rose from 12 per cent in 2000 to 20 per cent in 2010. Chinese grooms tying the knot with brides who were not of Chinese, Malay or Indian ethnicity, formed 51.9 per cent of all interethnic marriages here last year. On the other hand, 7,405 couples split up last year, slightly higher than the 7,386 divorce cases in 2009. Couples who were married for five to ...

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