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Divorces up, marriages down

In Slovakia, the number of divorces has been increasing, while the number of weddings is falling.

In Slovakia, the number of divorces has been increasing, while the number of weddings is falling.

The age of people getting married has also been rising, as well as the age at which they produce children. These are among the findings in a booklet on the reproductive behaviour of urban and rural Slovaks, presented on December 11 by representatives of the Slovak Statistic Office.

"For several years, the mortality of both genders has been declining,” the head of the Research Demographic Centre, Boris Vaňo, said. Partly as a result, Slovaks are living longer: in the last 20 years, the average lifespan has been extended by two years. For example, men in towns live, on average, to 71.5 years; and in the country to 69.1 years. The rate of abortions has decreased steeply, according to Vaňo. The number of marriages in towns has yo-yoed, but in the country it has declined.

As far as divorces are concerned, the number of marriages with young children which fail has been declining. The most frequent reasons for divorce are differences of personality, interests and opinions. Until 2001, the birth rate declined. But this year, the number of children born increased compared to 2007. The rise in the population is now most affected by migration. Young people, especially from regions with lower living standards and higher unemployment, have tended to leave. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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