Marriage, divorce figures up last year

Azlan Othman

The total number of marriages recorded last year stood at 2,831, compared to 2,653 in 2018, an increase by 6.2 per cent. In 2017, the figure stood at 2,540, statistics from the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics revealed this week.

The total number of divorces also increased by 13.4 per cent with 638 cases recorded in 2019, compared to 552 in 2018, and 632 in 2017. Most of the marriages involved Muslims, amounting to 93 per cent (2,613 people); followed by civil with 4.7 per cent (135 people); and customary and others at 2.93 per cent (83 people).

The median age of a first marriage for a groom is 27.2 years, and 25.9 years for a bride.
The Brunei-Muara District constituted the highest number of people getting married with 1,971 people, followed by the Belait District (392), Tutong District (264) and Temburong District (70). A total of 134 tied the knots outside the country in 2019, up by 15 per cent compared to 2018.

Meanwhile, most of the divorce cases were reported in the Brunei-Muara District (473 people), followed by the Belait District (82), Tutong District (73) and Temburong District (eight).

Additionally, two divorces were recorded outside the country, similar to the number recorded in the previous year.