Divorce rate reaches alarming level in Iran

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The rate of divorces in Iran has reached an alarming level, so that one in 5.2 marriages led to divorce in the past [Iranian calendar] year, the Mehr News Agency quoted the head of the Iranian Association of Social Workers Hassan Mousavi as saying.

The past Iranian year ended on March 20, 2013.

Statistics show that in the Iranian year which ended in March 2012, one in 6.5 marriages had led to divorce. This issue indicates family health in Iran is grappling with serious problems, he noted.

Last year, 791,656 marriages were registered, while the figure was 874,782 in the year to March 2012, he added.

Inflation in Iran amounted to 25.4 percent on the average during the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, the Fars News Agency reported.

The inflation rate increased from 21.8 percent in the first calendar month of Farvardin to 31.5 percent in the final month of Esfand, according to the report. Growth in liquidity and foreign currency exchange rates were probably the main causes of inflation rise.

In December 2012, IRNA quoted Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Shamseddin Hosseini as saying that the Iranian administration has special plans to curb a probable surge in inflation during the final months of the current Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20, 2013.

Since recent rises in prices of goods are in close relation with rises in foreign currency prices, so we should rein in foreign currency shocks, he added.

The International Monetary Fund said on April 16 that Iran's economy contracted by 1.9% in 2012 and is expected to shrink by 1.3% this year as it reels from the impact of Western sanctions.

However, the economy of the Islamic republic is forecasted to grow by 1.1%next year, the IMF said in its annual World Economic Outlook.

The IMF said the "macroeconomic environment is likely to remain difficult, given the sharp depreciation of the currency and adverse external conditions, which would sustain inflation at relatively high levels."

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