A total of 12,653 Israelis, mostly Jewish, got married in another country in 2010, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Not all cases were civil marriages.
In Israel, 35,887 Jewish couples got married in 2010.
The figures show that in 2010, the Interior Ministry was informed of 9,262 marriage ceremonies held abroad, in which at least one of the partners was Israeli. In 3,391 of the weddings, both partners were recorded in the census registration. In 5,871 cases, only one of the partners was registered – 3,972 Israeli grooms and 1,899 Israeli brides.
Seventy-three percent of those recorded in the census registration after marrying abroad in 2010 were Jewish, 25% were defined as “other” – i.e. not classified by religion, and only 2% were Arab.
A total of 4,909 of Israelis married abroad were immigrants from the former Soviet Union who made aliyah after 1990.
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