Fewer people in Turkey got married in 2019 while more got divorced compared to the previous year, said the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) on Wednesday.

“The number of couples who got married was 554,389 in 2018, [versus] 541,424 in 2019, decreasing 2.3%,” TurkStat said in a statement.

The crude marriage rate – the number of marriages per thousand population – was 0.656% in 2019, down from 0.681% in 2018.

A total of 155,047 couples got divorced last year, climbing 8% year-on-year, the institute noted.

“Crude divorce rate expressing the number of divorces per thousand population was 1.88 per thousand

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