The Paradise where everyone’s divorced

The Paradise where everyone’s divorced

You may not know this, but there is a scattering of about 1,200 tiny islands a long way south of India called the Maldives. They seem like the very definition of paradise: beautiful scenery, clear waters, and perfect palm trees that have trunks that look like they were made for napping in. It was the island of a thousand honeymoons… only those honeymoons don’t last long. The Maldives could very well be the island of a thousand divorces, because that’s practically what it is!

The Maldives has an extremely high divorce rate. It’s 11 divorces per 1,000 people per year! Compare that to the countries with the next highest divorce rate, which are Belarus and the United States. They have 4 divorces per thousand, or even less than half than that. And, get this: the average Maldivian woman has been divorced. Not once. Not twice. But three times. Three times divorced already – and that’s only the average for the 30 year old woman. Why is this, you may ask?

Well, this is because the Maldives is a Muslim country. In their culture, intercourse before marriage is taboo. So when 18 year olds don’t get what they want, what do they do? Yep, that’s right – they find a bride (or groom). Point is, they marry so often for their own selfish desires..  But… the person they married probably isn’t who they want to spend the rest of their lives with… so now what? They divorce the person, simple as that. And in the Maldives marriages and divorces aren’t as big as a thing that they are here in the United States. The couple usually hires a judge for $10 to get married, and then they invite 10 people (family or friends) to a restaurant to “celebrate”. And divorces there also come free of charge without any hassle. All they have to do is have the husband say out loud that they want to divorce in front of a witness and boom – their marriage is out and over with, and they don’t even have to speak to each other ever again. Women are allowed to divorce the husband too in the Maldives, but they must do it through courts in their case. Guess it’s a good thing for them that they don’t get any stigma on them for divorce – even if they don’t really care about their marriages for real.