Peru has one of the lowest marriage rates in the world with only 2.8 weddings for every thousand people, according to a study conducted by specialists from the Institute for Family Sciences (ICF) at the University of Piura, the Institute of Social Trends, the National Marriage Project, the Institute of Marriage and Family; and a group of foreign universities.
By comparing family structure indicators the study found that Peru had the second lowest gross rate of marriage among the 29 countries studied.
According to the study only 27% of Peruvians were married.
Researches found that in 2010 civil marriages were decreasing, while rates of cohabitation were increasing.
There was a slight increase in the percentage of divorced adults (0.32%) and the percentage of separated couples (6.41%).
Researchers said these numbers were due to a variety of factors, but were mainly influenced by Peru’s relatively young population and the prolonged immigration the country has experienced.