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Fewer divorced and separated
The number of divorces and separations has decreased in recent years. Since 2005, the decrease has been 12 per cent. In 2013, there were 200 fewer marriages dissolved by divorce and 200 fewer couples separated than in 2012.
|2013||Changes in per cent|
|2012 - 2013||2009 - 2013||2004 - 2013|
|Marriages contracted||23 410||-3.8||-3.8||4.7|
A total of 23 400 couples got married, 10 900 couples were separated and 9 700 marriages were dissolved by divorce in 2013.
For those who were divorced in 2013, the average marriage had lasted 12.9 years.
In 2013, 9 000 children under 18 years of age had parents who divorced and 11 900 children under 18 had parents who separated.
Low divorce rate
The divorce rate for men was 10.3, while for women it was 10.8 in 2013. For men, this is the lowest rate since 1989, while for women it is the lowest rate since 1999. The divorce rate was highest for men in the age group 45-49 years in 2013, and next highest in the age group 40-44 years. For women, it was highest in the age group 40-44 years, thereafter age group 35-39 years. Calculations of the divorce pattern for 2013 reveal that 39.8 per cent of all married couples have a risk of getting divorced. This is the lowest calculated per cent since 1989.
In 2013, the separation rate for men was 12.0 and 12.7 for women. For both men and women, this is the lowest rate since 1999, which was the first year the rates were calculated.
Seventy-six same sex couples were separated and 56 were divorced in 2013.
Marriages can be dissolved by divorce or death. Most marriages are dissolved by the spouse dying. At the beginning of the 1950s, 84 per cent of marriages were dissolved by the spouse dying, while only 16 per cent were dissolved by divorce. After that, the number of divorces increased, and in 2004 the figure was 43 per cent. Since then, the figure has decreased somewhat, to 40 per cent. Before 1978, more marriages were contracted than dissolved. From 1978, the number of dissolved marriages has been higher than contracted marriages. From 2007, there have been almost as many contracted as dissolved marriages.
Still many who get married
In 2013, there were 900 fewer marriages contracted than in 2012. Even though the number of contracted marriages decreased, many people do still get married. From 1992 to 2000, the number of contracted marriages increased from 18 600 to a peak of 25 500 couples in 2000. In the period 2001-2005 and 2006-2010, the average was 23 000 and 23 800 married couples respectively.
Several marry more than once
In the period 1966-1970, 89 of 100 couples where married for the first time. Since then, this figure has decreased, falling to 70.7 in the period 2006-2010. At the same time, the number of couples who were either divorced or widows/widowers increased from 3.0 in the period 1966-1970 to 12.2 in the period 2006-2010.
Steady increase in the average age for first marriage
In 2013, the average age for first marriages was 34.2 years for men and 31.4 years for women; an increase of 0.1 years for both men and women from 2012. The average age for first marriages, for both men and women, steadily increased, except for the years 2009 and 2010 when it decreased somewhat.
In 2013, the marriages rate was highest in the age group 30-34 years for both men and women. Men in the age group 45-49 years increased somewhat from 2012 to 2013, otherwise it decreased in all other age groups from 20 years and over. For women, there was a slight increase in the marriage rate in the age group 50-54 years from 2012 to 2013, otherwise there was a decrease in all of the other age groups compared with 2012.
A total of 252 same sex couples got married in 2013; 90 male couples and 162 female couples.