Marriage dissolutions; due to divorce and death

Table description


This table includes the most important key figures on marriage dissolutions due to death and divorce among the registered population of the Netherlands.
Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships.

Data available from: 1950

Status of the figures:
All data recorded in this table are final data.

Changes per 9 December 2020:
Data of 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
In the last quarter of 2021 final figures of 2020 will be added in this publication.

Description topics

Marriages dissolved due to divorce
Excluding dissolutions due to ending registered partnerships other than by death of the partner.

Divorce:
Dissolution of the marriage pronounced by a judge on the basis of legal grounds. The divorce comes into force once it has been recorded in the municipal population register. Until September 1994: divorces granted by Dutch courts and entered in the municipal registers. From October 1994: divorces in which at least one of the partners is recorded in the register of a Dutch municipality.
Divorces
Divorces per 1,000 inhabitants
Divorces per thousand of the average population

Average population:
Half of the population at the start of a given period plus half of the population at the end of that period.
Divorces per 1,000 couples
Divorces per thousand of the average number of married men (couples).

Average number of married men:
Half of the number of married men at the start of a given period plus half of the married men at the end of that period.
Average duration of marriage at divorce
Average duration of marriage (in years) at the time the divorce is granted.

Average marriage duration:
The arithmetic mean of all marriage durations.

Marriage duration:
The duration of the marriage in years calculated as the difference between the year of observation and the year in which the marriage was contracted.
Total percentage divorces
The percentage of marriages that will end in divorce if the same duration-specific death and divorce risks apply in the future as in the year under review.
Average age of divorcing men
Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages of divorced men.

Age:
The number of whole years that have passed between someone's date of birth and 31 December of the year of divorce, calculated as the year of divorce minus the year of birth.
Average age of divorcing women
Average age:
The arithmetic mean of all ages of divorced women.

Age:
The number of whole years that have passed between someone's date of birth and 31 December of the year of divorce, calculated as the year of divorce minus the year of birth.