Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Marriage in Iran's rural areas, villages, has dropped by 39,5 percent compared to last year, the director of Iran's Census Bureau, Ali Akbar Mahzun said, ILNA reported.
"A 23.9 percent decrease in marriages was recorded in Kerman province, 18.9 percent in Yazn and 13.9 in Hormozgan," he said.
In total, he said that 726,390 marriages were recorded this Iranian calendar year (March 2013-March 2013), with 136,216 of them - in the rural areas.
Mahzun added that in urban areas the marriage growth has grown by 1.8 percent compared to last year.
"Overall, compared to last year, the marriage growth in the country has declined by 9.7 percent," he noted.
Speaking of divorces, Mahzun said on average each month about 11,000 divorces were recorded, which resulted in 6,7 percent of overall decline this year, compared to the previous year.
"The divorces mostly involved men aged 25-29, and women aged 20-24," he said.
Mahzun added that in the first 11 months of this current year, 121,000 divorces were recorded, with 109, 649 of them in urban areas.
Speaking of the highest divorce rate in the rural areas, Mahzun said the Zanjan province of Iran accounted to 14,3 percent, Elam province - 13,4 percent and South Khorasan - 12,7 percent.