Marriages and partnership registrations; key figures

Marriages and partnership registrations; key figures

Periods Marriages Total marriages (number) Marriages Marriages, relative (per 1,000 inhabitants) Marriages Between man and woman (number) Marriages Between men (number) Marriages Between women (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Total men (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Never married (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Partnership (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Widowed (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Divorced (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Total women (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Never married (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Partnership (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Widowed (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Divorced (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Total men (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Never married (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Partnership (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Widowed (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Divorced (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Total women (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Never married (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Partnership (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Widowed (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Divorced (o/oo) Average age at marriage Men Total men (year) Average age at marriage Men Never married (year) Average age at marriage Men Partnership (year) Average age at marriage Men Widowed (year) Average age at marriage Men Divorced (year) Average age at marriage Women Total women (year) Average age at marriage Women Never married (year) Average age at marriage Women Partnership (year) Average age at marriage Women Widowed (year) Average age at marriage Women Divorced (year) Partnership registrations Total partnership registrations Total partnership registrations (number) Partnership registrations Total partnership registrations Partnership registrations, relative (per 1,000 inhabitants) Partnership registrations Total partnership registrations Between man and woman (number) Partnership registrations Total partnership registrations Between men (number) Partnership registrations Total partnership registrations Between women (number) Partnership registrations New partnerships Total new partnership registrations (number) Partnership registrations New partnerships Between man and woman (number) Partnership registrations New partnerships Between men (number) Partnership registrations New partnerships Between women (number)
2018 64,315 3.7 62,813 682 820 61,949 46,869 1,635 1,295 12,150 60,007 46,303 1,614 1,079 11,011 15.6 15.3 13.1 6.5 21.1 14.4 17.7 13.0 1.6 14.5 38.2 34.1 38.9 63.2 51.1 35.2 31.6 36.2 59.0 47.7 19,830 1.15 19,181 311 338 19,830 19,181 311 338
2019 63,565 3.7 62,146 675 744 61,077 46,105 1,718 1,216 12,038 58,761 45,150 1,691 991 10,929 15.1 14.8 12.3 6.0 20.6 13.9 16.9 12.1 1.5 14.2 38.4 34.4 38.6 63.8 51.4 35.5 31.9 35.8 60.0 47.9 21,885 1.26 21,176 348 361 21,885 21,176 348 361
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table includes data on contracted marriages and registered partnerships among the Dutch population.

The following information is available:
- Marriages by sex of the partners.
- Marrying persons by sex and marital status before marriage.
- Average age at marriage by sex and marital status.
- Average number of contracted marriages by sex.
- Partnership registrations by sex of the partners.

Data available from: 1950

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

Changes per 12 June 2020:
Final figures of 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Figures of 2020 will be added in the 2nd quarter of 2021.

Description topics

Marriages
Contracted marriages

Break in the series for marriages and marrying individuals
Due to improvements in the production process there has been a slight increase in the marriage figures from 2010 onwards. As of 2010 the marriages abroad are observed better. The slight increase of the share of migration marriages in 2010, which mainly takes place among Moroccans, is entirely explained by the improved method.

Excluding registered partnership

From October 1994: the figures refer to married couples of which at least one partner is recorded in the municipal registers, irrespective of the country where the marriage was performed.
Until October 1994: the figures refer to all marriages contracted in the Netherlands, irrespective of registration of the person(s) in the municipal registers.
Total marriages
Marriages, relative
Marriages 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.

Population:
The total number of people residing in The Netherlands.
In the population statistics compiled by Statistics Netherlands the inhabitants are the people registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality.
Between man and woman
Between men
Since 1 April 2001, it is legally possible for people in the Netherlands to marry a person of the same sex.
Between women
Since 1 April 2001, it is legally possible for people in the Netherlands to marry a person of the same sex.
Marrying persons
Marrying persons

Break in the series for marriages and marrying individuals
Due to improvements in the production process there has been a slight increase in the marriage figures from 2010 onwards. As of 2010 the marriages abroad are observed better. The slight increase of the share of migration marriages in 2010, which mainly takes place among Moroccans, is entirely explained by the improved method.

Excluding persons in registered partnerships.

Which marrying persons are counted?
Marrying persons registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality at the time of the marriage.
Including persons in same-sex marriages.

Marriage:
Legal, formally sanctioned living arrangement between two people.

Partnership registration:
A marriage-like relationship recorded at the registry office. Partnership registration is open to same-sex and different-sex couples. Registered partnership was introduced in the Netherlands on 1 January 1998.
By sex and marital status
Marrying persons by marital status for marriage

Break in series marital status
From 2010 onwards a small shift has occurred between a number of marital statuses (fewer never married and more married, divorced and widowed respectively). Because information on some marital statuses was lacking for the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, 'partnership', 'divorced after partnership' and 'widowed after partnership' were not included in these statistics for this period. For these statistics, the marital status before the partnership was used instead, which was mostly 'never married'. From 2010 all marital statuses are available.

Marital status:
Legal status involving someone's rights and competences as determined by legal marriage and registered partnership.

Registered partnership:
A marriage-like relationship between two people of the opposite or same sex, registered at the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Men
Total men
Never married
From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Including marital status unknown.
Partnership
Men ending registered partnership by changing it into a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership. From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding judicial separations which are included in the category married.

Divorced after a partnership
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
Women
Total women
Never married
From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Including marital status unknown.
Partnership
Men ending registered partnership by changing it into a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership. From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding judicial separations which are included in the category married.

Divorced after a partnership
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
By sex and marital status, relative
Marrying persons by sex and marital status per 1,000 of the average population with the same marital status and sex.

Break in series marital status
From 2010 onwards a small shift has occurred between a number of marital statuses (fewer never married and more married, divorced and widowed respectively). Because information on some marital statuses was lacking for the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, 'partnership', 'divorced after partnership' and 'widowed after partnership' were not included in these statistics for this period.
For these statistics, the marital status before the partnership was used instead, which was mostly 'never married'. From 2010 all marital statuses are available.

Marital status:
Legal status involving someone's rights and competences as determined by legal marriage and registered partnership.

Average population:
Half of the population at the start of a given period plus half of the population at the end of that period.

Population:
The total number of people residing in The Netherlands. In the population statistics compiled by Statistics Netherlands the inhabitants are the people registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality.
Men
Total men
Male marriage partners per thousand of the average number of unmarried men aged 15 or older.
Never married
For the first time marrying males per thousand of the average number of never married men aged 15 or older.

From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried. Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Never married:
Marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
Partnership
Men ending registered partnership by changing it to a marriage per thousand of the average male population with a registered partnership of 15 years and older.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
Marrying males whose marital status is 'widowed' per thousand of the average number of widowed men aged 15 or older.

Widowed:
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership.
From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership:
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
Marrying males whose marital status is 'divorced' per thousand of the average number of divorced men aged 15 or older.

Divorces:
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding legal seductions.

Divorced after a partnership
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
Women
Total women
Female marriage partners per thousand of the average number of unmarried women aged 15 or older.
Never married
For the first time marrying females per thousand of the average number of never married women aged 15 or older.

From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data ncluding 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Never married:
Marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
Partnership
Female ending registered partnership by changing it to a marriage per thousand of the average female population with a registered partnership of 15 years and older.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
Marrying females whose marital status is 'widowed' per thousand of the average number of widowed men aged 15 or older.

Widowed:
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership.
From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership:
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
Marrying females whose marital status is 'divorced' per thousand of the average number of divorced men aged 15 or older.

Divorces:
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding legal seductions.

Divorced after a partnership:
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
Average age at marriage
Break in the series for marriages and marrying individuals
Due to improvements in the production process there has been a slight increase in the marriage figures from 2010 onwards. As of 2010 the marriages abroad are observed better. The slight increase of the share of migration marriages in 2010, which mainly takes place among Moroccans, is entirely explained by the improved method.

Average age at marriage (excluding registered partnership) by sex and previous marital status.

Average age at marriage:
The arithmetic mean of all ages of marrying persons.

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

Break in series marital status
From 2010 onwards a small shift has occurred between a number of marital statuses (fewer never married and more married, divorced and widowed respectively). Because information on some marital statuses was lacking for the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, 'partnership', 'divorced after partnership' and 'widowed after partnership' were not included in these statistics for this period.
For these statistics, the marital status before the partnership was used instead, which was mostly 'never married'. From 2010 all marital statuses are available.

Marital status:
Legal status involving someone's rights and competences as determined by legal marriage and registered partnership.

Registered partnership:
A marriage-like relationship recorded at the registry office. Partnership registration is open to same-sex and different-sex couples. Registered partnership was introduced in the Netherlands on 1 January 1998.
Men
Total men
Average age of all male marriage partners.
Never married
From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership. 1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married.
Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Including marital status unknown.
Partnership
Ending registered partnership by converting it to a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership:
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership.
From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership:
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding judicial separations which are included in the category married.

Divorced after a partnership
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
Women
Total women
Average age of all female marriage partners.
Never married
Marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.

From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership. 1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married.
Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Including marital status unknown.
Partnership
Ending registered partnership by converting it to a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership:
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Widowed
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership.
From 1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after partnership:
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.
Divorced
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, which was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding judicial separations which are included in the category married.

Divorced after a partnership
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.
Partnership registrations
A marriage-like relationship recorded at the registry office. Partnership registration is open to same-sex and different-sex couples. Registered partnership was introduced in the Netherlands on 1 January 1998.
The figures refer to registered partnerships of which at least one partner is recorded in the municipal registers of a Dutch municipality.
Total partnership registrations
Total partnership registrations
Partnership registrations, relative
Partnership registrations 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.

Population:
The total number of people residing in The Netherlands.
In the population statistics compiled by Statistics Netherlands the inhabitants are the people registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality.
Between man and woman
Between men
Between women
New partnerships
Registered partnerships of persons with former marital status never married, widowed or divorced.

Never married:
Marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.

From 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married or never in a registered partnership.
1998 to 2010: marital status indicating that someone was never married. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period. For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after never married'. For 'widowed after partnership' and 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, wich was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: marital status indicating that someone was never married.

Widowed:
From 2010: widowed after a legal marriage and widowed after a partnership.
1998 to 2010: widowed after a legal marriage.
Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in the period 1998 to 2010 in data used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period.
For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after widowed'. For 'widowed after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, wich was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998 widowed after a legal marriage.

Widowed after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from death ending a legal marriage.

Widowed after a partnership:
Marital status resulting from death ending a registered partnership.

Divorced:
From 2010: divorced after legal marriage and divorced after partnership.
1998 to 2010: divorced after legal marriage. Because information was lacking on some marital statuses in data in the period 1998 tot 2010 used by Statistics Netherlands, partnerships were not included in this period.
For these statistics, this results in data including 'partnership after divorced'. For 'divorced after partnership' the marital status before the partnership was used, wich was mostly unmarried.
Until 1998: divorced after legal marriage.

Divorced after a legal marriage:
Marital status resulting from ending a legal marriage by divorce.
Excluding legal seductions.

Divorced after partnership:
Marital status resulting from ending a registered partnership other than by the death of the partner.


Total new partnership registrations
Between man and woman
Between men
Between women