Stats department: More marriages, fewer divorces recorded in 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 – Malaysia registered an increase in weddings last year compared to 2020, according to new data released today by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).

Data published via DoSM Twitter also showed that the divorce rate has come down.

Most marriages in 2021

The Department of Statistics said that the number of marriages here increased by 15.4 percent from 186,297 marriages in 2020 to 214,943 in 2021.

The data also revealed that Malaysia has recorded the highest “Crude Marriage Rate (CMR)” of 6.7 since 2016, where 6.7 people are getting married for every one thousand people.

For Muslim marriages, the data shows an increase of 21.0 per cent, where 176,002 marriages were registered in 2021 as compared to 145,443 marriages in 2020.

The CMR for Muslim marriages also recorded the highest score in 2021 at 8.5 per cent as compared to the last six years.

However, non-Muslim marriages declined by 4.7 percent from 40,854 in 2020 (3.5 CMR) to 38,941 in 2021 (3.3 CMR).

The average age of the bride and groom remains the same

Meanwhile, overall, the median age for brides remained the same for both 2020 and 2021 at 26 years old, while the median age for grooms also remained the same for both periods at 28 years old.

In 2021, Muslim men were marrying at an average age of 27, while Muslim women were marrying at an average age of 26.

The average age of non-Muslim grooms and non-Muslim brides in the same year was 30 and 28, respectively.

Overall, the incidence of marriage for women was higher than for men in 2021, with 47.4 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women age 16 and older.

Men were marrying at a rate of 45.8 per 1,000 unmarried men age 18 and older.

divorce fall in 2021

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The number of divorces is expected to decrease by 7.1 percent from 47,272 in 2020 to 43,934 in 2021.

The crude divorce rate (CDR) to decline from 1.5 per 1,000 people in 2020 to 1.4?per 1,000 people in 2021.

The number of Muslim divorces also declined by 16.4 per cent in 2021, with only 31,650 cases being registered as compared to 37,853 in 2020.

CDR reduced from 1.8 (2020) to 1.5 (2021) per thousand Muslim population.

However, non-Muslim divorces increased by 30.4 per cent from 9,419 in 2020 (0.8 CDR) to 12,284 in 2021 (1.1 CDR).

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