A Romantic Facade
Though the Maldives is a much sought-after location for honeymoons, the picturesque archipelago suffers from the highest divorce rate in the world.
The Maldives ironically suffers from an increasingly high
Despite the introduction of a codified Family Law in 2001, the divorce rate in the Maldives remains unusually high. According to a report published by the OECD (Organization for Economic Coopera-
By Zeresch Frederick Gill tion and Development), the divorce rate in the Maldives ranks highest in the Asia Pacific region as well as globally. According to UN assessments, the Maldivian divorce rate is 10.97 divorces per 1000 inhabitants every year; three times higher than the average in Asia Pacific countries.
Statistics show that in 2000, 3,829 marriages and 1,928 divorces were registered in the Maldives. In order to address the growing social problem,