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2.5 years

is the average difference in age between men and women marrying for the first time in Russia.

This gap is gradually increasing. In the 1980s, men were older than women by less than two years on average.

In recent decades, both men and women have been forming families later in life. Between 1990 and 2013, the average age at first marriage increased from 23.9 years to 27.6 years for men and from 21.9 years to 25.2 years for women.

These data are presented in an article by Sergei Zakharov, Deputy Director of HSE's Institute of Demography, called ‘Marriage and divorce in modern Russia’.

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How Children Affect Mother's Career

Mothers of three or more children are four times as likely to be unemployed compared to mothers of one or two children, according to Alina Pishnyak's study 'Employment opportunities and constraints for women in Moscow.'

63%

of Russian families with children are willing to support them until they receive a higher education without counting on them earning money.

12%

of all Russian marriages are interethnic.

58%

of marriages in Russia today are likely to end in divorce.

20%

of Russians who were born in the 1980s grew up in single-parent families. In the previous generation, this figure was lower at 16%.

76%

is the rate at which couples living together for the first time get married.

Russians Value the Traditional Family

Family is a more significant institution for Russians than it is for residents of a number of other European countries. Amid ongoing demographic modernization – the liberalization of marriage and the emancipation of women – ideas are still popular in Russia concerning the necessity of a stable union, procreation, and the mostly familial function of women, according to Marharyta Fabrykant, Junior Research Fellow with HSE’s Laboratory for Comparative Studies in Mass Consciousness.

48%

of parents of high school students planning to enter a university don’t give thought to the fact that their children may end up studying in a different region. Five years ago, the number of such parents was higher at 60%.

35%

of parents say that their children study in vocational schools, colleges or training schools because they need to ‘get on their feet’ as soon as possible and begin earning income for the family.

27%

of Russian families are prepared to support their children until they finish their undergraduate degree. There were just over 20% of such families five years ago.