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Weddings Down, Divorces Up

Israelis divorce more and marry less, according to a survey of the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The survey shows that in 1976 some 26,000 Jewish couples got married, compared to 29,000 who did so a year before. The number of divorces rose from 2,900 in 1975 to 3,100 in 1976.

According to the survey, the average marriage period of the couples that divorced was eight years and half of them had children. The survey also reports a rise in the number of illegitimate babies–591 in 1976 compared to 72 in 1951.

Life expectancy in Israel is among the highest in the world. Males reach 71.6 years, and females 75.4, the survey showed.