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The number of marriages has declined over the longer term. It has stayed around 65 thousand in recent years. Altogether 65.2 thousand couples got married last year, i.e. one percent up on the 2015. Registered partnership is on the rise with 15.7 thousand registrations last year, nearly one-quarter more than in 2015. From a legal point of view, a civil partnership is virtually equal to marriage; as of 2014, the male partner in a partnership is automatically granted paternity.
Almost 1 in 5 are registered partnershipsNearly 81 thousand couples established an official relationship in 2016. Of these couples, 19 percent opted for a registered partnership. Ten years previously, this share was only 9 percent.
Not every country recognises registered parternships. This could explain why people with a migration background are less likely to choose partnership over marriage. This applies especially to couples with a Turkish or Moroccan background: less than 2 percent of those who entered into an official relationship last year opted for registered partnership.
Same-sex couples are more likely to register a partnership than heterosexual couples. In 2016, 30 percent of same-sex unions were registered partnerships.