Saturday, August 16, 2008

Status of Saudi Women

Again from Gulf News:
"The number of spinsters in Saudi Arabia has reached 180,413, according to a demographic survey conducted in 2007.

The survey classified spinsters as women who had reached the age of 30 years or above without getting married.

It revealed the rate of spinsterhood amounted to 2.6 per cent last year out of the total number of women in Saudi Arabia. This means that one out of every 16 women in Saudi Arabia is classified as a spinster.

The study also revealed that the rate of divorced women in Saudi Arabia amounted to 2.4 per cent in 2007.

The survey conducted by the Central Department of Statistics and Information of the Ministry of Finance and Planning and released here yesterday pointed out that the kingdom's population reached 23,980,843 in the past year compared to 22,678,262 in 2004 with an increase rate of 5.74 per cent. The annual growth rate of the population was 2.3 per cent.

The survey also showed that 97.4 per cent of Saudi women married below the age of 30 years old while only 2.6 per cent married at the age of 30 or above."

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