Marriages and partnership registrations; key figures

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 9 June 2022:
Final figures of 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Figures of 2022 will be added in the 2nd quarter of 2023.

Description topics

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