Marriages, registered partnerships, divorces

In focus

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.

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.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Marriages 42 654 39 794 41 891 41 437 41 646
Crude marriage rate 5.3 4.9 5.1 5.0 5.0
Short-term "first-time marriage" indicator  
   Men 58.6 53.7 56.1 54.8 54.6
   Women 63.7 58.7 61.4 59.9 59.8
Average age at first-time marriage    
   Men 31.7 31.8 31.8 31.9 32.0
   Women 29.5 29.6 29 29.6 29.8
Registered partnerships 695 693 720 701 729
   Male couples 428 463 450 440 502
   Female couples 267 230 270 261 227
Divorces 17 550 17 119 16 737 16 960 17 028
Crude divorce rate 2.2 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0
Short-term divorce rate indicator 43.1 41.9 40.9 41.4 41.5
Average length of marriage at time of divorce 14.6 14.7 15.0 14.9 15.0
Sources: FSO, STATPOP, BEVNAT

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