Minister: Pandemic slowed marriage, and also divorce rates, even further

While September was still slightly too early to get a clear picture of how births have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of both marriages and divorces seems to have been slowed even further than the pre-existing trend would suggest, population affairs minister Riina Solman (Isamaa) says.

Commenting on figures recently released by her department, Solman noted that just under 500 marriages took place to September, compared with 272 divorces. The respective figures for September 2019 were 575 and 234, continuing a downward trend for the numbers of both, which may have been further exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It seems to be the case that a family event postponed due to the emergency situation is now less likely to take place at all,” Solman said of the statistics, noting that the figures for January to September this year were significantly down on 2019. 

“In the first nine months of this year, over 300 fewer marriages were concluded than during the same period a year earlier. At the same time, 100 fewer divorces have taken place on year, over the same period,” she went on. 

“In the case of marriages, this is understandable, but it is surprising that the number of divorces have also dropped significantly. I hope, however, that wedding plans disrupted by the coronavirus crisis this year will still be realized in the years to come.” 

Of the September marriages, 30 were conducted by clergy members and just under 60 by notaries. 

Read more: ERR.EE

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