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 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.
Between man and woman
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
Between man and woman
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.


Between man and woman
Marriage changed into a partnership
From 1 April 2001 til 1 March 2009, a marriage could be changed into a partnership registration.
Between man and woman