According to Statistics Korea, there were 327,100 marriages in Korea in 2012, a decrease of 0.6 percent on 2011. Of these, 28,300 were international marriages, 1,400 fewer than in 2011. Korean men marrying foreign women decreased 7.3 percent while Korean women marrying foreign men increased 2.5 percent. International marriage divorces were down 5.3 percent at 10,900 cases, the lowest number since 2007.
The top nationalities of foreign spouses to Korean men were: China (34.1 percent); Vietnam (31.9 percent); Philippines (10.7 percent). The top nationalities of foreign spouses to Korean women were: China (26 percent), U.S.A. (20.7 percent); Japan (20.6 percent).
Over the last decade, the average age of marriage in Korea has increased 2.4 years as men marry at 32.1 years of age and women at 29.4, an increase on 2011 of 0.2 and 0.3 years, respectively.
39.7 percent of men married in their 30s while the late-20s is still the most popular age for women to marry, at 40.3 percent. The number of women marrying at this age has, however, decreased 9.2 percent over 10 years . Men in Seoul and Jeju marry oldest at 32.4 years of age for first marriage, while Chungbuk and Chungnam are the youngest at 31.6 years.
For remarriage, Busan men are oldest, at 47.9 years, while Jeju men are youngest, at 45.4 years. For women, Seoul and Busan have the lowest age for remarriage, at 43.7 years.
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