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Switzerland

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

This landlocked nation in central Europe is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria to the east. It has a population of 7.7 million (2008 estimate), with a female life expectancy of 83.5, a birth rate of 9.71 per 1,000, and an infant mortality rate of 4.3 per 1,000 live births.

In 2008, the marriage rate in Switzerland was 5.5 per 1,000 population, while the divorce rate was 2.6 per 1,000. The average length of marriage at time of divorce in 2008 was 14.6 years. The total divorce rate was 48.4, meaning that 48.4 percent of marriages would end in divorce if the 2008 divorce rate remained constant over all the years of the marriage.

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