Cambodia 4th “most single” country in South-East Asia

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Cambodia 4th “most single” country in South-East Asia

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GARETH JOHNSON
FEBRUARY 17, 2024


According to data compiled by the United Nations (UN) Cambodia is the 4th most single country in Asia should you need any more incentive to visit the Kingdom.

Yet before you start thinking of romance there are some nuances to not just the data, but also the cultures of the country on the list that should be considered.

Who are top of the list?

According to the data Roman Catholic nation the Philippines tops the list of singletons, with a whopping 49% of the country declaring themselves “not in a relationship”.

This data though might be somewhat skewed as the country does not allow divorce, meaning that couples who do split up and form new relations declare themselves “single”. It should also be noted that the country has by far the highest amount of single mothers within the region.

Amazingly Brunei come second on the list at 44.9 percent, but again there are more than a few nuances here. Brunei follows Sharia law which means sex out of wedlock is illegal, so this number pretty much counts those not married.

And Cambodia?

Cambodia comes in at 4th place with a surprisingly high 44.6% of people declaring themselves single, just behind Malaysia at 44.68%. So, why are so many people in Cambodia still single?

Quite simply Cambodia has an extremely young population, with almost 30% of the population being 14 and under. But, this is not the only reason! As well as having such a young population Cambodia has also gone through an economic boom since the end of Khmer Rouge rule and the brutal civil war that followed.

This has led young people, particularly in urban areas to marry much later than in previous generations, thus making the “single list” higher than it would have been in previous times.

And the least single?

Officially the least single country within ASEAN is also its newest member, namely Timor-Leste with only 13% percent of those polled declaring themselves “available”.

East Timor as it is also known is also devoutly Catholic, although it would appear that less people here are splitting up. This is particularly surprising as Timor actually has the youngest population demographic within the region.

And the full table?

The full single list for ASEAN nations is as follows;

Philippines 48%
Brunei 44.9%
Malaysia 44.68%
Cambodia 44.6%
Myanmar 29%
Thailand 23%
Indonesia 22%
Singapore 20%
Laos 17%

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Could also mean Khmers are crap in relationships 🤔
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Too busy looking at their phones
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If you wanna date a single mom, head to PI!
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Yobbo wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:18 am Too busy looking at their phones
...possibly while swiping on Tinder and Grindr
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Cambodia still single?

Quite simply Cambodia has an extremely young population, with almost 30% of the population being 14 and under. But, this is not the only reason! As well as having such a young population Cambodia has also gone through an economic boom since the end of Khmer Rouge rule and the brutal civil war that followed.

This has led young people, particularly in urban areas to marry much later than in previous generations, thus making the “single list” higher than it would have been in previous times.
Are they using the entire population of all ages for these figures? I'd imagine nearly every kid under 14 is single. And although attitudes are changing, parents & grandparents often won't approve of their teenagers/young adult kids dating so it gets hidden.
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What about those married & with a bit on the side? Effectively in 2 relationships & far from single.

Surely that would put Cambodia at the top of the tables
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This factoid must be brought to us by the same people that once told us Only 1% of young Khmer women have had sex outside of the tradition of marriage.

In otherwords: I'd take it with a grain of salt, since this country is notoriously unreliable in opinion polling (a phenomenon people truly don't understand), and people are known for just telling pollsters what they think they want to hear.
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