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Highest Divorce Rates In The World

Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/21/10 11:38 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

According to the United Nations Demographic Yearbook, a collection of global statistics published annually, these 10 countries have the highest number of divorces in the world. Rates, which were only determined for countries that submitted complete data to the United Nations Statistics Division, represent the number of divorces per 1000 people.

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  • Russia

    The largest country in the world also has the highest divorce rate—<strong>5</strong> divorces per 1000 people.

  • Belarus

    At <strong>3.8</strong> divorces per 1000 people, this predominantly Eastern Orthodox country has the second-to-highest divorce rate in the world.

  • Ukraine

    Once called the “Bread Basket of the Soviet Union,” this agriculturally rich Eastern European country has <strong>3.6</strong> divorces per 1000 people.

  • Moldova

    Moldova, the small, former Soviet country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, has <strong>3.5</strong> divorces per 1000 people.

  • Cayman Islands

    Despite enjoying the highest standard of living in the Caribbean, <strong>3.4</strong> per every 1000 Caymanians divorce. Residency requirements prohibit U.S. citizens from obtaining a divorce in this off-shore account haven.

  • United States

    Though <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/state-divorce-rates_n_775688.html#s167807" target="_hplink">each state</a> has a different <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/lowest-divorce-rates-by-s_n_790159.html#s195502" target="_hplink">divorce rate</a>, the United States as a whole has the 5th highest divorce rate in the world—<strong>3.4</strong> divorces per every 1000 people.

  • Bermuda

    This popular honeymoon destination has one of the highest divorce rates in the world—<strong>3.3</strong> divorces per 1000 people.

  • Cuba

    Cubans may celebrate marriages with their famous cigars, but <strong>3.2</strong> per every 1000 end up getting a divorce.

  • Lithuania

    In this Baltic state—the first Soviet Republic to declare independence from the USSR—<strong>3.1</strong> per every 1000 people get divorced.

  • Czech Republic

    Known for their beer—and the highest beer consumption per capita in the world—the creator of the original Budweiser boasts <strong>3</strong> divorces per 1000 people.

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