It’s no surprise that divorce rates around the world have exploded over the last few decades. But how long does it take for most married couples to call it a day, Country by country.
Here’s a look at the 10 countries, where marriages last the longest:
Italy has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates, amongst the OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development) countries (54.4%). According to one report by the OECD, the Italian’s aren’t particularly good at sharing household chores. Women in Italy spend a staggering 204 minutes per day on housework compared with their other halves, who spend a paltry 57 minutes on housework.
In spite of this statistic, data retrieved by Hopes & Fears indicates that on average, the Italians have the longest lasting marriages. The average length of marriage in Italy (using data from Rome) is 18 years. Furthermore, the national divorce rate is lower than most countries at 30.7%. So perhaps Italy is the place to go if you want to ‘have it all’ but this will probably come at a cost: total, constant exhaustion.
The Canadians have one of the highest female labour force participation rates in the OECD: an impressive 74.4%. So do they have it all, then? Yet again, women bear the brunt of the housework: they spend 133 minutes per day on housework compared with a mere 83 minutes per day for their men.
So what effect does this have on wedded bliss if we are to assume a relationship between the two? Well, the average length of marriage is 13.8 years (using data from Canada’s capital city Ottawa), and nearly half of all marriages in Canada end in divorce (48%) proof that you can’t have it all.
The female labour force participation rate in France is a not insignificant 67%. As far as equality in the house is concerned (measured by the sharing of chores), French women clock up 158 minutes per day of housework compared with 98 minutes for men -still not good enough. And how do marriages fare in one of the world’s most romantic places? Well, the average marriage here lasts for a mere 13 years. Not impressed? It gets worse: the national divorce rate is a sobering 55%.
The labour force participation rate for women in the US is 67.2%. Again, women bear the lion’s share of household chores: they spend 126 minutes per day on housework compared with men, who spend 82 minutes a day on housework.
The average length of marriage for Americans, not particularly known for the virtue of patience, is a short 8.2 years. (New Yorkers stick it out longer and wait for more than 12.2 years before deciding who gets the dog.) Across America, the divorce rate is 41%, so not quite the 50% often cited.
In Australia, the labour force participation rate is at a healthy 70.5%. As far as household chores equality is concerned, women here spend 168 minutes per day on housework compared with 93 minutes for men.
As for marriages – based on data from Sydney – the average length of a marriage in Australia is just 12.2 years. Another not- so- sunny statistic is that nationally, more than two in five of marriages (43%) will end in divorce.
The female labour force participation rate in Mexico is low, at 47.8%. As for domestic equality, in stereotypically macho Mexico, women here spend 280 minutes a day on housework, whereas for the men it’s a mere 75 minutes a day.
And what is the state of marriage here? Based on data from Mexico City, it takes around 12.2 years for the embers of marriage to go cold. Still, some good news: nationally, less than two in ten of marriages will end in divorce (15%).
The labour force participation rate for women in Japan is 65%. The discrepancy between men and women on the chore equality front is huge: women spend up to 199 minutes per day on housework compared with a meagre 24 minutes per day for men.
The average length of marriage in famously conservative Japan (Tokyo data) is only 11 years, and national divorce rates (now at 36%) are on the rise divorce ceremonies are an increasingly popular means of untying of the knot here.
The female labour force participation rate here is a not to be-sniffed-at 71%. But when it comes to home life, the stats make for grim reading. Women spend 133 minutes per day on chores compared with 66 minutes for men, who really need to get their house in order, literally and metaphorically. And what of the average length of marriage in the UK?
Based on data from London, the unlucky number for marriages in the UK is 11 years, and the national divorce rate in the UK is 42%. According to the data retrieved by Hopes &Fears, the highest chance of divorce occurs between the 4th and 8th anniversary: watch out folks.
The female labour force participation rate in South Africa is just 50.4%. In terms of domestic equality, women spend 200 minutes per day on household chores. And the men? A grand total of 69 minutes per day.
The marriage knot unravels at 11 years for South African couples, based on data from Cape Town. But the national divorce rate in the country is the third lowest of all the countries reviewed by Hopes & Fears, at 31.2%.
Based on World Bank data, the female labour force participation rate in Qatar is 51%. Although data regarding domestic equality is not publicly available for Qatar, married couples in Doha, Qatar, do not even have the luxury of making it to the seven year itch.
The average length of marriage in this moneyed city is a mere 5.5 years. And nearly four in ten of all couples (38%) will divorce.