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Marriages drop after 2011 wedding frenzy

2012/11/24 21:39:40

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) The number of couples who got married in Taiwan in the January-October period this year decreased by 12 percent year-on-year, according to government data released Saturday.

Some 112,803 couples tied the knot in the first 10 months of this year, similar to the number for the same period in 2010, but below the 2011 figure, the data from the Ministry of the Interior showed.

Last year was the centenary of the Republic of China, which was seen as an auspicious year for weddings, the ministry indicated.

It said 84.6 percent of the marriages in the first 10 months of this year were between Taiwan nationals, while 15.4 percent were between Taiwanese and foreign spouses.

The number of cross-national marriages was 2.3 percent lower than in 2011, with a 3.6 percent decrease in the number of spouses from China, Hong Kong and Macau, the statistics showed.

However, there was a 0.6 percent increase in the number of spouses from Southeast Asian countries, according to the data.

Most of the foreign brides were from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, Vietnam and Indonesia , while the majority of foreign grooms were from China, the United States and Japan, the figures indicated.

(By Angela Tsai and Hanna Liu)