Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 36 – Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries

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The bar charts below show the Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries in 1981 and 1994.

Write a short report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

» Write at least 150 words.

Marriage Statistics for eight countries in 1981 and 1994

Divorce Statistics for eight countries in 1981 and 1994Sample Answer:
The given bar graphs show information on marriage and divorce in eight countries for the years 1981 and 1994. As is observed from the presentation, the marriage rate in all the countries except Denmark decreased over time while divorce rate has increased in five out of eight countries.

As is presented in the bar graph, the marriage rate in 1981 in the USA was the highest among the given countries and that was more than 10 per thousand. In other European countries, namely United Kingdom, Finland, France, Italy, Denmark, the marriage rate was around 6 per thousand. Denmark had the lowest rate of marriage in 1981 which was around 5/ thousand. After 15 years the marriage rate decreased in all of the given countries except in Denmark, where the rate increased by almost 2/thousand. The only Asian country Japan had very little changes of their marriage rate.

From the divorce statistics, we can see that the highest rate of divorce was in the USA which was more than 4 per thousand. The divorce rate increased in 1994 compared to the rate in 1981 in all the countries except in the USA and Denmark. Italy had the lowest divorce rate among the given countries and there was no change of this rate for the given 2 years in Germany.