Divorces, divortiality

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, as most births are to married couples. The number of divorces also has an impact on the likelihood of remarriage, i.e. the number of divorced people who could potentially remarry in the future.


  2016 2017 2018
Total 17 028 15 906 16 240
Nationality before marriage
   Swiss male and Swiss female 7 806 6 902 6 481
   Swiss male and foreign female 2 958 2 727 2 710
   Foreign male and Swiss female 3 004 2 835 2 802
   Foreign male and foreign female 3 260 3 442 4 247
Length of marriage
   0-4 years 2 020 1 900 ...
   5-9 years 4 183 3 917 ...
   10-14 years 3 356 3 039 ...
   15 years and more 7 469 7 050 ...
Number of minor children of divorced couples 12 890 11 529 ...
2018: provisional annual figures
…= The figures are not available yet
Sources: FSO, BEVNAT

The divorce rate is the ratio of divorces to the size of the population, observing the frequency and characteristics of divorces in this population. A cross-sectional study of the divorce rate provides a measure - a snapshot - of a given year (usually a calendar year), across all generations.

The cross-sectional indicators available are:  

The longitudinal study observes divorces in relation to marriage cohorts, all marriages celebrated in the same calendar year, and in relation to a certain period of time (usually the length of the marriage). The longitudinal indicator available is the proportion of divorces by marriage cohort and by length of marriage.

Further information





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



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