Marriages, registered partnerships, divorces

In focus

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

The different key figure pages contain graphs as well as structural, cross-sectional and longitudinal indicators on the subject of marriage and divorce. These demographic indicators combine different pieces of information which are used to quantify and evaluate phenomena affecting the population.

  2018 2019 2020
Marriages 40 716 38 974 35 160
Crude marriage rate 4.8 4.5 4.1
Short-term "first-time marriage" indicator  
   Men 52.8 50.3 ...
   Women 58.3 55.4 ...
Average age at first-time marriage  
   Men 32.1 32.3 32.2
   Women 30.0 30.1 30.2
Registered partnerships 700 674 651
   Male couples 425 419 386
   Female couples 275 255 265
Divorces 16 542 16 885 16 210
Crude divorce rate 1.9 2.0 1.9
Short-term divorce rate indicator 40.2 41.1 39.5
Average length of marriage at time of divorce 15.2 15.4 15.6
Indicators 2020: provisional annual figures
…= The figures are not available yet

Further information



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



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