Some 58,000 couples got divorced last year, down by 6,000 couples from the 2006 figure, the Ministry of the Interior reported yesterday.
According to MOI statistics, an average of close to 160 couples got divorced every day in 2007, a fall of 17 couples compared to the 2006 average.
At the same time, 11.6 out of every 1,000 married people were divorced in 2007 - marking a decrease of 1.2 persons year on year.
MOI officials ascribed the drop to a decline in the number of marriages in the last four years.
On the duration of marriages of couples who divorced last year, couples married for fewer than five years accounted for the biggest share of 30.8 percent and followed by 26.3 percent of couples with five to nine years of marriage, MOI statistics show.
Couples who stayed married for longer had a lower divorce rate.
Over the past 10 years, the divorce rate in Taiwan has grown at an annual rate of 4.15 percent, with couples married for over 30 years posting the largest increase of 11.89 percent, followed by a 9.78 percent growth rate among couples married between 25 and 29 years.
The divorce rate among couples married between five and nine years increased by the third-highest rate of 4.56 percent.