With a high rate of divorce among a large, youthful population, authorities in Iran have stepped in to play Cupid with the launch of a state-run internet dating website.
Some 22% of marriages among Iranians end in divorce – a rate which is even higher in the capital, Tehran.
The vast majority occur between couples under 30 – the age group which makes up most of country’s population. It is a statistic which is worrying officials.
Announcing the plan earlier this year, Mahmoud Golrazi, the deputy minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, said he hoped the new site would help create “100,000 marriages” and thus “solve the problem of marriage amongst young people”.
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Source Credits: Nassim Hatam in BBC News