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19Dec/13Off

BELARUS: Family and Marriage Patterns Reveal Changes

Region 4 on 19 December republished a UNFPA article in which experts were interviewed about changes in family and marriage patterns in Belarus, including an increase in the average age of marriage, as well as in the divorce rate; the development of alternative forms of partnership such as civil marriage and cohabitation; and the growing number of births outside wedlock. The article called for opinion polls to be conducted on these issues into order to develop a more effective and targeted family policy. Read in Russian: Region 4

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