Marriages, registered partnerships, divorces

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Heiraten, Heiratshäufigkeit

Marriage and marriage rate

The periods with a high marriage rate between 1871-1879, 1918-1925 and from 1940 to the 1960s were followed by episodes of high birth rates, the last of which included the two baby boom waves.  The marriage rate indicators, however, show a fall in the number of marriages in the population.

Scheidungen, Scheidungshäufigkeit

Divorce and divorce rate

Since 1876 a record has been kept of the number of divorces granted each year by the Swiss courts. The number of divorces rose in line with the increase in the population until the mid-1960s after which time their number grew more rapidly, indicating a change in the population's behaviour with regard to this subject.

At a glance

Key figures
  2019 2020 2021
Marriages 38 974 35 160 36 410
Crude marriage rate 4.5 4.1 4.2
Short-term "first-time marriage" indicator
   Men 50.3 45.5 46.9
   Women 55.4 49.9 52.2
Average age at first-time marriage
   Men 32.3 32.2 32.2
   Women 30.1 30.2 30.3
Registered partnerships 674 651 582
   Male couples 419 386 361
   Female couples 255 265 221
Divorces 16 885 16 210 17 159
Crude divorce rate 2.0 1.9 2.0
Short-term divorce rate indicator 41.1 39.5 41.9
Average length of marriage at time of divorce 15.4 15.6 15.7

Further information



Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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