Georgian civil agencies registered 26,048 marriages across the country in 2022, with the figure marking a 12.5 percent increase year-on-year, while the number of divorces equalled 14,098 and a 32.3 percent increase, the National Statistics Office of Georgia said on Thursday.
The release of statistics showed the average age of marriage at 29.4 for women and 31.9 for men.
The highest number of marriages was registered in capital Tbilisi with 7,916 acts, the western region of Imereti with 4,154 and the Black Sea coastline region of Adjara with 2,458.
Tbilisi and Imereti also led the figures in divorces with 4,934 and 2,509 respectively, with the third-highest number coming on north-western Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, with 1,391 divorces.
Across the country, 42,319 children were born throughout the past year, with 21,897 boys and 20,422 girls. The number of births decreased 7.9 percent year-on-year.
The highest number was recorded in Tbilisi with 14,202, while the lowest was in the north-western Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions, with 246.
The share of births for women aged below 25 declined from 27.2 percent to 26.5 percent and increased for women aged 40 and older - from 3.6 percent to 4 percent - and those aged between 25-39 - from 69.2 percent to 69.6 percent.
Infant mortality rate per 1,000 births equalled 7.6 percent, while the mortality rate for children under five totalled 9.2 percent.
In 2022, 18 percent less deaths were recorded, with the number standing at 49,118. The largest number was recorded in Tbilisi with 14,123, while the smallest came on Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, with 715.