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Helsinki divorces spike during state of emergency

There was a thirty-percent increase in divorce petitions filed at the Helsinki district court during early April.

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Yle News

One-third more couples decided to permanently part ways in early April compared to the same period last year, according to data from the Helsinki District Court.

Altogether the court received 99 divorce petitions during the past two weeks compared to one year ago when 69 couples decided to split up for good.

So far the spike in formal divorce proceedings has only been evident in Helsinki, with no major changes reported in other parts of the Uusimaa region.

By contrast, the number of divorce petitions registered in eastern Uusimaa declined compared to one year ago, from 85 during the first week of April 2019 to 62 during the same period this year.

In western Uusimaa, divorce statistics have remained mostly steady, with 56 couples filing divorce papers at the court between 6 and 19 April in 2019, and 59 couples doing the same during the same period this year.

In mid-March, the government announced a slew of emergency measures aimed at containing the spread of novel coronavirus, including sealing off the Uusimaa region from the rest of the country.

The restriction took effect in late March and was lifted on 15 April.

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