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The haven for honeymooners where everyone gets divorced

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Why is the rate so high in the Maldives? Various reasons have been cited. Perhaps the most compelling is that, as in other Muslim societies, where premarital sex is taboo, many marry young, but, under the country’s mixed Sharia and common law system, they can then secure a divorce relatively easily when things don’t work out. Others have blamed a lack of childcare facilities combined with a rise in women entering the workforce. 

Russia, Belarus, Latvia and another tropical idyll – Aruba – fill the gaps in between the US and the Maldives. The UK divorce rate is 2, putting it tied for 38th of the 104 destinations to feature. The lowest divorce rates are often found in countries with large Catholic populations, such as Chile, Colombia and Ireland, as well as Muslim countries like Libya, Uzbekistan and Bahrain. 


The 20 places where divorce is most common

1. Maldives – 10.97 per year per 1,000 inhabitants

2. Russia – 4.5

3. Aruba – 4.4

4. Belarus – 4.1

5. Latvia – 3.6

6. United States – 3.6

7. Lithuania – 3.5

8. Gibraltar – 3

9. Moldova – 3

10. Belgium – 3

11. Cuba – 2.9

12. Switzerland – 2.8

13. Ukraine – 2.8

14. Denmark – 2.8

15. Hong Kong – 2.76

16. Jordan – 2.6

17. Czech Republic – 2.5

18. Portugal – 2.5 

19. Costa Rica – 2.5

20. Sweden – 2.5

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