Till death do us part?

Till death do us part?

Organisation: La Nación (Costa Rica) (Costa Rica)

Publication Date: 04/03/2017


For almost three decades, divorces have increased in Costa Rica. How many divorces are signed for every 100 weddings held? How much has that ratio changed between 1990 and 2016? For how long do couples stay married? To answer those questions we created an interactive storytelling about the evolution of marriages and divorces in the country, giving the readers the demographic, legal, social and economic context that frames those changes. The interactive comes with an article that explains in detail the effect that the reforms of the Family Legislation could have had on the increase of the divorce rate. Additionally the article analyzes how an expansion of women's education and their growing participation in the workforce helped them became aware of their rights. For this analysis we used data from the Civil Registration about marriages and divorces from 1990 to December 2016, and the National Household Survey of 2016.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

Each of the six interactives tells a story with data but also allows the users to explore the numbers and elaborate their own conclusions.

Technologies used for this project:

We used HTML, CSS and jQuery for the front end using skeleton: Responsive CSS Boilerplate. For graphs we used Tooltipster.js, SVG for infographics and Javascript for interaction. The responsive part of the application was made with media query's.
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