Friday, January 26, 2007

Cooking the Books

The headline seems encouraging, until you find out they've changed the way they count divorces.

Report: China's divorce rate halved
BEIJING - It turns out Chinese couples are a lot happier than they seem.

China is switching to a more common international standard of counting divorces that will cut the divorce rate in half, state media said Friday.

From this year, China will count the number of divorces per 1,000 people instead of counting the number of people who split per 1,000 population, the official China Daily newspaper said.

The divorce rate for 2005 was 2.76, but according to the new method it was 1.38, the paper said.

Imagine that!


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