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Published: 4 May 2007

Fewer marriages and divorces

According to Statistics Finland's data on population changes, 28,236 marriages were entered into in Finland in 2006, which is 1,047 fewer than in the year before. In 2005, the number of new marriages was 29,283. The number of marriages entered into has varied rather strongly from year to year in the 2000s.

In 2006, the average age of women who entered into their first marriage was 29.7 years and that of men 32.1 years. In the year before, the corresponding figure for women was 29.6 and that for men 31.8 years.

In 2006, 13,255 marriages ended in divorce, which is 128 fewer than one year previously. In 2005, the number of divorces granted was 13,383. During the past few years the number of divorces has changed very little from year to year.

In 2006, the number of registered same-sex partnerships was 191. Of them, 84 were male couples and 107 female couples. In 2005, a total of 200 same-sex partnerships were registered. A total of 30 registered same-sex partnerships ended in divorce. Of them, 10 were of male couples and 20 of female couples. In 2005, a total of 31 registered same-sex partnerships ended in divorce.

Marriages and divorces 1965-2006

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 4.5.2007

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Changes in marital status [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-643X. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.2.2023].
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