Fewer marriages, more divorces in Turkey in 2017: TÜİK
The number of couples who got married in Turkey decreased by 4.2 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, while the number of those who divorced increased by 1.8 percent since 2016, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on March 2.
The number of couples who got married last year was 569,459, TÜİK said, while revealing the number of couples who divorced as 128,411 in the same year.
The province with the highest crude marriage rate - the number of marriages per 1,000 people of its population - was the southeastern province of Kilis, with an average of 9.6 per 1,000 in 2017.
The province with the lowest crude marriage rate was the Black Sea province of Gümüşhane with 4.14 per 1,000.
The province with the highest crude divorce rate was the Aegean province of İzmir with 2.57 per 1,000 in 2017, whereas the province with the lowest crude divorce rate was the southeastern province of Hakkari, with an average of 0.2 per 1,000 people parting ways.
The number of foreign brides was 20,972 in 2017, making up 3.7 percent of the total number of brides in the country. Syrian women topped the list, accounting for about 19.4 percent of all marriages in the country, followed by Azerbaijani brides with 13.3 percent and German brides with 12.4 percent.
The number of foreign grooms was 3,782 in 2017 and it accounted for 0.7 percent of the total number of grooms.
When analyzed by citizenship, German grooms took first place, accounting for 36.5 percent of the overall figure. German grooms were followed by Syrian grooms with 8.5 percent and Austrian grooms with 8 percent.