More marriages and divorces in Singapore in 2021 with easing of COVID-19 measures

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SINGAPORE: More couples got married in 2021 with the easing of COVID-19 measures, compared to the dip in the previous year when marriage plans were disrupted.

The number of marital dissolutions also went up, as divorce proceedings resumed after being previously adjourned, according to the Singapore Department of Statistics on Wednesday (Jul 6).

MARRIAGES

A total of 28,329 marriages were registered last year, a 25.1 per cent increase compared to the 22,651 marriages in 2020 when the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” and other restrictions were in place.

Compared to a decade ago, the general marriage rate for men and women rose. 

There were 45.3 marriages per thousand unmarried males aged 15 to 49 years in 2021, up from 43.5 in 2011. Similarly, there were 44.2 marriages per thousand unmarried females aged 15 to 49 years in 2021, up from 39.2 a decade ago.

The median age at first marriage also went up in 2021 compared to 2011 – from 30.1 years to 30.5 years for grooms and from 28.0 years to 29.1 years for brides.

According to the Department of Statistics, the age gap between couples in their first marriage narrowed.

Last year, 43.7 per cent of couples in their first marriage were either of the same age or aged one year apart, an increase from 35.9 per cent in 2011.

Over the same period, the proportion of grooms who were at least two years older decreased from 54.5 per cent to 46.9 per cent in 2021. The proportion of brides who were at least two years older was 9.4 per cent in 2021, similar to 2011. 

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