The divorce rate in Russia may shock you. In January-May 2017 there were 829 divorces per 1000 marriages in the country, official statistics by Rosstat revealed. But these numbers show a strong improvement compared to the same period of 2016, when 895 marriages broke per 1000 registrations.
Divorce rate in Russia
The government data shows a significant improvement in marriage breakdown rates in Russia this year as compared to 2016: 7.4% fewer pairs called it quits in 2017.
But the absolute number of collapsing nuptials in the Russian Federation is still extremely high. Especially when compared with only 145 broken families per 1000 weddings in Chechnya, which is also a part of RF. Russian Federation consists of 85 regions.
Number of divorces per 1000 marriages
- 2017: 829
- 2016: 895
- % to the previous year: 92.6%
In 7 regions people file split-up papers faster than new couples are registered (2017 data).
- Leningrad (St. Petersburg) region: 1119
- Altai: 1063
- Republic Komi: 1033
- Kirov: 1031
- Bryansk: 1028
- Kalmykia: 1028
- Vladimir: 1006
The lowest family break up rates are in predominantly Muslim national republics of Northern Caucasus and other national autonomies. Large metropolises of Sevastopol (Crimea), Moscow and St. Petersburg have the lowest divorce rates among non-national regions.
- Chechnya: 158
- Ingushetia: 186
- Tuva: 282
- Dagestan: 324
- Kabardino-Balkar Republic: 632
- North Ossetia-Alania: 635
- Crimea: 648
- City of Sevastopol: 658
- City of St. Petersburg: 711
- City of Moscow: 716
The official data is included below (click to enlarge images).
Demographics of Russia: Deaths, births, marriages, and divorces—official statistics (January-May 2017)
More nuptials had been registered in Russia this year but fewer kids were born.
- The data shows a significant drop in the number of births (11%) as well as a slight decrease in deaths (1.6%).
- Natural growth of the population, once again, was negative (111,866 more deaths than births). It’s nearly 170% rise compared to 2016 numbers. Thus, the rate of natural decline in population of Russia sped up in 2017.
- At the same time, there were 23.5 thousand more marriages registered in 2017 as compared to the previous year—8.5% increase.
- The number of divorces remained virtually the same: only 0.4% more couples called it quits this year.
- 2017: 679,182
- 2016: 762,505
- Decrease: 83,323
- % to the previous year: 89.1%
The number of newborns dropped in every region of the Russian Federation, except scarcely populated Chukotka, where 9 more newborns were registered in 2017 (293 in total).
- 2017: 791,048
- 2016: 804,055
- Decrease: 13,007
- % to the previous year: 98.4%
Republic of Kalmykia recorded 13.7% more deaths than last year. Also a substantial rise was recorded in Nenets Autonomous Okrug (7.6%).
Deaths to births ratio
- 2017: 116.5%
- 2016: 105.4%
- 2017: 111,866
- 2016: 41,550
- Absolute increase in trend: 70,316
- % to the previous year: 269.2%
- 2017: 298,916
- 2016: 275,440
- Increase: 23,476
- % to the previous year: 108.5%
Certain areas recorded sizable increase in nuptials:
- Khakassia (34.2%)
- Chukotka (23.8%).
- Irkutsk (23.2%)
- Oryol (23.2%)
- Magadan (23%)
- Smolensk (21.6%)
- Belgorod (21.3%)
- Tuva (21.1%)
- Voronezh (20.4%)
- 2017: 247,682
- 2016: 246,578
- Increase: 1104
- % to the previous year: 100.4%
Areas that recorded high increases in family breakdowns:
- Tver (7.6%).
- Komi Republic (7.5%)
- Crimea (7.1%)
- Penza (6.4%)
- Sakhalin (6.3%)
- Pskov (5.8%)
- Vladimir (5.8%)
Muslim republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia showed a substantial drop in marriage splits (8.5% and 21.1% accordingly). These autonomous republics have some of the lowest divorce rates per 1000 people already.
Data by regions
These charts include data by region. (Click to enlarge)