Published: 6 May 2009
According to Statistics Finland’s data on population changes, 31,014 marriages were entered into in Finland in 2008, which is 1,517 more than in the year before. In 2007, the number of new marriages was 29,497. More marriages than in 2008 were last entered into in 1976. The number of marriages entered into has varied rather strongly from year to year in the 2000s.
In 2008, the average age of women who entered into their first marriage was 30.2 years and that of men 32.5 years. In the year before, the corresponding figure for women was 29.9 and that for men 32.3 years.
In 2008, 13,471 marriages ended in divorce, which is 247 more than one year previously. During the past few years the number of divorces has changed very little from year to year.
In 2008, the number of registered same-sex partnerships was 249. Of them, 91 were male couples and 158 female couples. In 2007, a total of 213 same-sex partnerships were registered. A total of 45 registered same-sex partnerships ended in divorce. Of them, 13 were of male couples and 32 of female couples. In 2007, a total of 67 registered same-sex partnerships ended in divorce.
Changes in marital status and mean age of men and women at first marriage in 2000–2008
|Corrected on 4 May 2011. The correction is indicated in red. Was previously 7.|
|Contracted marriages||26 150||24 830||26 969||25 815||29 342||29 283||28 236||29 497||31 014|
|Divorces||13 913||13 568||13 336||13 475||13 234||13 383||13 255||13 224||13 471|
|Woman's mean age at first marriage||28,6||28,7||29,1||29,2||29,7||29,6||29,7||29,9||30,2|
|Man's mean age at first marriage||30,9||31,0||31,3||31,5||32,1||31,8||32,1||32,3||32,5|
|Divorces from registered partnerships||.||.||2||6||15||31||30||67||45|
Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland
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