AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - July 13 - Users of app Hamdam take a psych test, and have a consultant for the first 4 years of marriage. Hamdam (Farsi for 'companion') is part of the Iran's efforts to tackle declining birth rates and the rising age of marriage. Dating apps are popular in Iran, but all other platforms apart from Hamdam are illegal. Hamdan is free. In March, Iran's parliament passed a bill titled "population growth and supporting families" mandating the government to offer significant financial incentives for marriage and to encourage people to have more than two children, while limiting access to abortion.
Mark Brooks: Having coaching after the match, makes a lot of sense. Marriages are more likely to fall apart early on. So having some fortification early on should help couples improve their expectations and communication skills. Could Government sanctioned dating apps become more commonplace in the future?