This is how long marriages last in different countries around the world.

This is how long marriages last in different countries around the world.
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This list compiles data on how long marriages last in ten world cities.

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A pair of traditional divorce rings. (stock photo)

It's no secret that divorce rates around the world are much higher than they used to be. Even if you didn't know that, it's not a secret. I'm sorry I had to be the one to tell you.

Now that you've recovered, there's more. Divorce rates actually vary widely by country, and so does the average length of a marriage before the partners call it quits. The savvy folks over at Hopes & Fears compiled this data for ten different cities all over the world. The results are surprising.

10. Rome, Italy
Average marriage length: 18 years
National divorce rate: 30.7%

9. Ottawa, Canada
Average marriage length: 13.8 years
National divorce rate: 48%

8. Paris, France
Average marriage length: 13 years
National divorce rate: 55%

7. New York City, USA
Average marriage length: 12.2 years
National divorce rate: 41%

6. Sydney, Australia
Average marriage length: 12 years
National divorce rate: 43%

5. Mexico City, Mexico
Average marriage length: 12 years
National divorce rate: 15%

4. Tokyo, Japan
Average marriage length: 11 years
National divorce rate: 36%

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3. London, England
Average marriage length: 11 years
National divorce rate: 42%

2. Cape Town, South Africa
Average marriage length: 11 years
National divorce rate: 31.2%

1. Doha, Qatar
Average marriage length: 5.5 years
National divorce rate: 38%


That's too bad for Qatar. I guess their reputation as born romantics is undeserved. Head on over to Hopes & Fears to read the full report. And remember, these results won't doom your marriage to fail, no matter where you live. Only you can do that. So do this dishes already.

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