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Figures Reveal Drop in Number of Marriages in Scotland

Newly published provisional figures from National Records of Scotland have revealed that 3,462 marriages took place in Scotland in total in the first quarter of 2018. This is apparently 116 fewer than during the first quarter of 2017 (a fall of 3.2%). 

the figures also show that there were 130 same-sex marriages between 1st January and 31st March this year, which is a fall of 15 (10.3%) compared with the same period of 2017. 

Twenty-two (16.9%) of the same-sex marriages registered in the first quarter were changes from civil partnerships. There were also 14 new civil partnerships (ten male and four female), four more than during the first quarter of 2017.

Looking at population changes, the data shows that over the quarter there were 2,060 more deaths and 539 fewer births registered in Scotland than in the same period of 2017.

National Records of Scotland has also recently published a summary of vital event statistics for the whole of 2017, which show that there were 5,022 more deaths than births registered in Scotland throughout the year. This is a widening of the gap since 2016 when there were 2,240 more deaths than births.

2017 saw a total of 28,440 marriages, which is 789 (2.7%) less than in 2016. Of these, 982 were same-sex marriages (a fall of 1.6%).  There were 70 civil partnerships, which is no change from the number registered in the previous year.

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