Marriages, registered partnerships, divorces

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Heiraten, Heiratshäufigkeit


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


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
  2020 2021 2022
Marriages1 35 160 36 410 40 938
Registered partnerships2 651 582 199
   Male couples 386 361 134
   Female couples 265 221 65
Crude marriage rate 4.1 4.2 4.7
Short-term "first-time marriage" indicator3  
   Men 45.5 46.9 48.3
   Women 49.9 52.2 53.9
Average age at first-time marriage3  
   Men 32.2 32.2 32.5
   Women 30.2 30.3 30.4
Divorces 16 210 17 159 16 201
Crude divorce rate 1.9 2.0 1.8
Short-term divorce rate indicator 39.5 41.9 39.7
Average length of marriage at time of divorce 15.6 15.7 15.7
1 From 2022 onwards, marriages between persons of different sexes, marriages between persons of the same sex and conversions of registered partnerships into marriages are included.

2 From 1 July 2022, same-sex couples may marry or convert their registered partnership into a marriage at the civil registry office. From the same date, partnerships may no longer be registered in Switzerland. However, the conclusion of such a union is still possible abroad.

3 calculated for different-sex couples only
Sources: FSO – Vital Statistics, STATPOP

Further information


On this topic


Marriage is the union of two persons as established in law. The fact of getting married changes the structure of the population (change in marital status) and has an influence on fertility in Switzerland.


The marriage rate depicts the frequency and the characteristics of marriage within a population


A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage. The fact of getting divorced changes the structure of the population (change in civil status) and has an influence on fertility in Switzerland.


The divorce rate is the ratio of divorces to the size of the population, observing the frequency and characteristics of divorces in this population.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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