Marriages and partnership registrations; key figures

Marriages and partnership registrations; key figures

Periods Marrying persons By sex and marital status Men Partnership (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status Women Partnership (number) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Men Partnership (o/oo) Marrying persons By sex and marital status, relative Women Partnership (o/oo) Average age at marriage Men Partnership (year) Average age at marriage Women Partnership (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) Partnership registrations Marriage changed into a partnership Total marriages changed into a partne... (number) Partnership registrations Marriage changed into a partnership Between man and woman (number) Partnership registrations Marriage changed into a partnership Between men (number) Partnership registrations Marriage changed into a partnership Between women (number)
2021 1,395 1,370 7.8 7.7 39.4 36.6 26,149 1.49 25,321 363 465 26,149 25,321 363 465
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 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

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
Partnership
Men ending registered partnership by changing it into a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Women
Partnership
Men ending registered partnership by changing it into a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
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
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.
Women
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.
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
Partnership
Ending registered partnership by converting it to a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership:
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
Women
Partnership
Ending registered partnership by converting it to a marriage.
Available from 2010.

Partnership:
Marital status resulting from entering into a registered partnership.
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
Marriage changed into a partnership
From 1 April 2001 til 1 March 2009, a marriage could be changed into a partnership registration.
Total marriages changed into a partne...
Total marriages changed into a partnership.
Between man and woman
Between men
Between women