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Highlights of civil affairs ministry 2009 report

06-11-2010 15:08 BJT

BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Civil Affairs Thursday released a statistical report on China's civil affairs matters in 2009.

Following are some highlights of the report.

AGING POPULATION

The population aged at or over 65 in 2009 increased by 3.22 percent to 113.09 million from a year earlier, accounting for 8.5 percent of the total population, 0.2 percentage points rise from 2008.

In 2009, the number of people at or over the age of 60 increased 4.53 percent from a year earlier, pushing the number to 167.14 million.

People aged at or over 60 accounted for 12.5 percent of the total population, 0.5 percentage points higher than in 2008.

There were 38,060 welfare institutions for the aged in 2009, 908 more than the number in 2008, with a total of 2.109 million people residing in them.

DIVORCE ON INCREASE

In 2009, 2.468 million couples got divorce, 199,000 more than the previous year. The divorce rate stood at 1.85 per 1,000 people.

China has seen the number of divorces increase at an annual average rate of 7.65 percent over the past five years.

The increase showed Chinese men and women were becoming increasingly independent in terms of personality and finance, the report said.


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