Marriages, nuptiality

Marriage is the union of a man and a woman as established in law. The fact of getting married 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. A distinction is made between first and subsequent marriages:

  • A first-time marriage is the union of a man and a woman who have both never previously married. To date, the majority of marriages represent this type of union.
  • A subsequent marriage is any marriage where at least one of the spouses has previously been divorced or widowed.


  2018 2019 2020


40 716

38 974

35 160
   Swiss male and Swiss female 19 660

18 769

17 804
   Swiss male and foreign female 7 920

7 831

6 697
   Foreign male and Swiss female 6 481

6 160

5 332
   Foreign male and foreign female 6 655

6 214

5 327
"First-time" marriages


32 375

31 068

28 389


33 480

31 987

29 007
Source: FSO – BEVNAT

The marriage rate depicts the frequency and the characteristics of marriage within a population. A cross-disciplinary study provides a measure - a snapshot - of a given year (usually a calendar year), of all generations.

The cross-disciplinary indicators used to calculate the marriage rate are:

The longitudinal marriage study observes the "generations" that got married at least once before their 50th birthday. The term "generation" is used to describe all people born during the same calendar year. The longitudinal indicator is the proportion of married, divorced or widowed people by generation and sex.

Further information





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



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