Thursday, February 25, 2021

Pandemic in Italy – The fall of marriages and divorces accentuated


In 2020, marriages and divorces continued to fall in Italy. A trend that began several years ago, accentuated by the pandemic.


The pandemic in 2020 caused a dizzying drop in marriages and divorces in Italy.

Keystone/Christian Beutler

The pandemic in 2020 caused a dizzying drop in marriages and divorces in Italy, accentuating a trend that has been going on for many years, according to provisional figures released on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (Istat).

In the first quarter of 2020, affected only in part by the coronavirus pandemic, marriages fell by around 20% compared to the same quarter in 2019, while various separation and divorce proceedings fell by 11-20% , specifies Istat.

The second quarter of 2020, the one hit hard by the epidemic and the restrictions, including a strict confinement of about two months, on the other hand records a plunge of 80% of marriages over one year and of about 60 % for certain types of separation and divorce, according to these provisional figures.

Age increases

The trend observed before the start of the epidemic continues: Italians marry less and less over the years and the average age of spouses is increasing.

Thus 184,088 marriages were celebrated in Italy in 2019, down 6% over one year, against 246,613 in 2008, i.e. a drop of around 25% over this period, specifies Istat.

The average age of spouses is also increasing inexorably, according to the institute. It went from 32.1 years for men in 2008 to 33.7 years in 2018 and 33.9 years in 2019. The phenomenon is the same for women: the average age went from 29.4 years in 2008 to 31.5 years in 2018 and 31.7 years in 2019.

Divorces are also falling, from 88,458 in 2018 to 85,349 in 2019.

Another remarkable feature in this country with a strong Catholic tradition: the constant increase in civil marriages, now more numerous than those celebrated in a church.

Italy has thus gone from 2.3% of civil marriages in 1970 to 36.7% in 2008, reaching 52.6% in 2019, according to Istat.

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