Official Statistics of Finland

Changes in marital status

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
Number of marriages contracted decreased considerably
18 Jun 2019
According to Statistics Finlands data on population changes, 23,799 marriages were contracted in 2018, the number in 2017 was 26,542. The number of marriages contracted decreased by 2,743 in one year. A total of 23,412 marriages between opposite-sex couples were entered into, which was 2,576 fewer than in the year before. Same-sex partners entered into 387 marriages, while in the previous year the number was 554 in ten months. An amendment to the Marriage Act entered into force on 1 March 2017, according to which same-sex partners can contract marriages.

Next release:
14 Nov 2019

Description: The statistics on changes in marital status describe changes in the marital status of men and women permanently resident in Finland. The categories of marital status are unmarried, married, divorced, widowed, partner in a registered same-sex partnership, divorced from a registered same-sex partnership and widowed from a registered same-sex partnership.
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Keywords: becoming widowed, couple relationship, divorce, divorce from a registered partnership, divorce rate, divorce rate of registered partnerships, marital status, marriage, marriage rate, population changes, registered partnership, widowed, vital statistics.
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Changes in marital status [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-643X. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.10.2019].
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