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Italy sees spike in divorce, separation

Catholic World News - July 08, 2011

Italy’s divorce rate is rising, with the number of separations among married couples rising even faster, the latest national statistics show.

Last year the Italian divorce rate rose by 0.2%, and the rate of separation by 2.1%. Between 1995 and 2009, both rates approximately doubled, with the number of divorces leaping from 80 to 181 for every 1,000 marriages; and the number of separations rising from 158 to 297. Italy has historically had a low divorce rate, well under 0.5 for every 1,000 people in the country's population. By comparison, the rate of divorce in the US is the world's highest, approaching 7 for every 1,000 people.

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