Official Statistics of Finland

Changes in marital status

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Marriage rate on a steep decline - around every second person is married before the age of 50
12 Nov 2020
According to Statistics Finland, the marriage rate has decreased considerably over around a decade. In 2008, a total of 32,900 marriages of opposite sex were entered into, but in 2019 only 21,900. The decrease in the marriage rate slowed down in the mid-2010s but in recent years the decrease has further deepened. This has been particularly due to the fact that the number of first marriages entered into has fallen more and more from one year to the next. If the marriage rate of first marriages for 2019 was prevailing, one-half of unmarried men and 55 per cent of unmarried women would enter into marriage before the age of 50.

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: 13.5.2021].
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