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) 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)
2001 82,091 5.1 79,677 1,339 1,075 2,188 1,670 280 238
2002 85,808 5.3 83,970 935 903 3,532 3,044 250 238
2003 80,427 5.0 78,928 735 764 4,790 4,305 235 250
2004 73,441 4.5 72,231 579 631 5,640 5,148 220 272
2005 72,263 4.4 71,113 570 580 6,262 5,744 234 284
2006 72,369 4.4 71,157 579 633 6,848 6,315 257 276
2007 72,485 4.4 71,114 663 708 7,330 6,804 240 286
2008 75,438 4.6 74,030 656 752 7,972 7,450 259 263
2009 73,477 4.4 72,119 573 785 8,921 8,434 217 270
2010 75,399 4.5 74,045 660 694 9,571 9,084 234 253
2011 71,572 4.3 70,217 601 754 9,945 9,464 235 246
2012 70,315 4.2 69,030 544 741 9,224 8,789 217 218
2013 64,549 3.8 63,327 522 700 9,445 9,038 208 199
2014 65,333 3.9 64,074 532 727 10,363 9,962 201 200
2015 64,308 3.8 62,912 647 749 12,772 12,331 202 239
2016 65,249 3.8 63,813 665 771 15,706 15,090 286 330
2017 64,402 3.8 63,027 620 755 17,866 17,194 316 356
2018 64,315 3.7 62,813 682 820 19,830 19,181 311 338
2019 63,565 3.7 62,146 675 744 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 23 June 2021:
Final figures of 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Figures of 2021 will be added in the 2nd quarter of 2022.

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.
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.
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