More marriages, fewer divorces in 2012
SINGAPORE — More marriages were registered here last year compared to 2011 while the divorce and annulment rate fell, the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Department of Statistics said in a report released today (July 10).
The department also revealed in its Statistics on Marriages and Divorces, 2012 report that inter-ethnic marriages accounted for 21 per cent of all marriages last year, up from 12 per cent in 2002.
A total of 27,936 marriages, both civil and Muslim, were registered last year, up 2.5 per cent from the 27,258 in 2011 — the figures do not include a small number of civil marriages contracted overseas or under religious or customary rites and were subsequently registered here.
The number of civil marriages rose from 22,840 in 2011 to 23,134 last year, with Muslim marriages similarly increasing from 4,418 to 4,802 over the same period.
It was the second consecutive year the general marriage rate increased.
The marriage rate for men, specifically, increased from 43.7 marriages per 1,000 unmarried male residents aged 15-44 years in 2011 to 44.1 in 2012.
Similarly for women, the marriage rate rose slightly from 41.4 to 41.6 marriages per thousand unmarried female residents aged 15-44 years during the same period.
In 2012, 21 per cent of total marriages were inter-ethnic marriages, up from 12 per cent in 2002. Such marriages were more prevalent among Muslim marriages (34 per cent) than among civil marriages (18 per cent).