Marriage and divorce rates dropping
According to statistics published by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), 636,121 couples were married while 93,489 couples were divorced in 2006.
Another point of interest is that 42.6 percent of divorces came within the first five years of marriage. TurkStat’s marriage and divorce statistics are based on data from the Central Population Management System (MERNİS). The number of couples wed in 2006 marked a decrease compared to 2005 numbers.
According to the TurkStat figures, the average age of marriage is 26.1 for men and 22.8 for women. The men in the northeastern Anatolian region and in İstanbul have the highest average age of marriage at 26.9 and 26.8, respectively, while the women in İstanbul have the highest average age of marriage at 23.6. The lowest average age of marriage is in the central Anatolian region both for men, 24.9, and women, 21.5. The northeastern Anatolia region has the highest difference for age of marriage between genders with 4.0 years.
The rate of divorce decreased in 2006 compared to the previous year, according to the data from TurkStat. In 2005, 95,895 couples were divorced; the figure dropped to 93,489 in 2006. The rate of divorce was 1.33 per thousand in 2005; it decreased to 1.28 per thousand in 2006. The statistics show that the Aegean region has the highest rate of divorce at 1.86 per thousand, followed by İstanbul with 1.78 per thousand and the western Anatolia region with 1.60 per thousand. The rate of divorce is lowest in the northeastern Anatolian and central Anatolian regions with 0.43 and 0.44 per thousand, respectively.
Beware first five years of marriage
Another interesting point in the statistics is that 42.6 percent of divorces occurred within the first five years of marriage. The rate of divorce decreases to 21.3 percent between the sixth and 10th year of marriage and a further 13.5 percent between years 11 and 15, but climbs to 22.7 percent after the 16th year.