Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The number of marriages in Taiwan increased by 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012 from the same period last year, edging up to 39,448, government statistics showed Thursday.
Of that number, 5,407 were cross-cultural marraiges, which represented 13.7 percent of the total and a 1.6 percent annual increasein that category, the data showed.
On average, one out of every 7.3 marriages in the first quarter was cross-cultural, the Directorate-General of Budget Accounting and Statistics report indicated.
In the majority of such marriages, the spouses of Taiwanese nationals were from China (63.3 percent), followed by Southeast Asian countries (22.4 percent), and other countries (14.25 percent).
Meanwhile, the number of divorces delcined 0.9 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 13,047 couples.
The data showed that 24.8 percent of divorces in the first quarter were among cross-cultural couples.
(By Lin Hui-chun and C.J. Lin)