LIST: African countries with the highest divorce rates

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The family is the foundation of society, and its dynamics can have a ripple effect on the broader community. Despite its importance, the family is not immune to challenges. Divorce is a common phenomenon in Africa, despite the continent’s strong family bonds and communal values.

Rapid urbanization, modernization, and globalization are ushering in a wave of transformation that is questioning deeply rooted traditions. As a result, there is a noticeable wave of divorce.

Divorce is a legal process that dissolves a marriage, making both parties involved single and free to remarry. It can be a challenging and emotionally taxing experience, with significant financial repercussions.

Limited data on divorce in Africa exists, but a report by Wisevoter offers insights into global divorce statistics by country. The following are the African countries with the highest divorce rates:

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Rank Country Divorce rate Global rank
1 Libya 2.5 per 1k 18
2 Egypt 2.2 per 1k 23
3 Mauritius 1.7 per 1k 50
4 Algeria 1.6 per 1k 53
5 Seychelles 1.5 per 1k 65
6 Sudan 1.5 per 1k 67
7 South Africa 0.6 per 1k 109
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