Graph Writing # 72 - Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries
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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Column Graphs:
» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The bar charts below show the Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries in 1981 and 1994.
Write a short report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.
» Write at least 150 words.
The given bar graphs show information on marriage and divorce in eight countries for the years 1981 and 1994. As is observed from the presentation, the marriage rate in all the countries except Denmark decreased over time while divorce rate has increased in five out of eight countries.
As is presented in the bar graph, the marriage rate in 1981 in the USA was the highest among the given countries and that was more than 10 per thousand. In other European countries, namely United Kingdom, Finland, France, Italy, Denmark, the marriage rate was around 6 per thousand. Denmark had the lowest rate of marriage in 1981 which was around 5/ thousand. After 15 years the marriage rate decreased in all of the given countries except in Denmark, where the rate increased by almost 2/thousand. The only Asian country Japan had very little changes of their marriage rate.
From the divorce statistics, we can see that the highest rate of divorce was in the USA which was more than 4 per thousand. The divorce rate increased in 1994 compared to the rate in 1981 in all the countries except in the USA and Denmark. Italy had the lowest divorce rate among the given countries and there was no change of this rate for the given 2 years in Germany.
Overall, the number of marriages per thousand decreased in all countries except for Denmark and the divorce rate increased in all countries except for the USA, Germany and Denmark during the given period.
As is seen in the given illustrations, the USA had the highest marriage and divorce rate among the given countries. The USA witnessed more than 1.2% marriages and just above 5 per thousand divorce rate in 1981. After almost 13 years, the rates slightly declined. The rate of marriage increased the most in Denmark. There, marriage per thousand people was 5 in 1981 which developed to almost 7 in 1994. It is interesting to notice that Italy by far had the least percentage of the divorce rate - almost 1 in two thousand people. Moreover, Germany was the only country where the divorce rate remained unchanged - exactly 2 divorces per thousand. And, divorce rates in Japan, France, Finland, Germany and Italy were comparatively fewer than that of the USA and the UK.