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.

  2016 2017 2018
Marriages 41 646 40 599 40 716
Crude marriage rate 5.0 4.8 4.8
Short-term "first-time marriage" indicator
   Men 54.6 52.8 52.8
   Women 59.8 58.1 58.3
Average age at first-time marriage
   Men 32.0 32.0
   Women 29.8 29.9 30.0
Registered partnerships 729 789 700
   Male couples 502 483 425
   Female couples 227 306 275
Divorces 17 028 15 906 16 542
Crude divorce rate 2.0 1.9 1.9
Short-term divorce rate indicator 41.5 38.7 40.2
Average length of marriage at time of divorce 15.0 15.1 15.2

Further information



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



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