Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland

15 March 2018 Written by Family Law Caithness Category: News

National Records of Scotland has published provisional figures for ‘vital events’ that were registered in Scotland between 1st October 2017 and 31st December 2017, inclusive. These ‘vital events’ include births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths. 

According to the figures, there were 12,821 births, 15,198 deaths and 5,975 marriages registered in Scotland over the period.

At 12,821, the number of births registered was 172 (1.3%) fewer than in the same period of 2016 and the lowest quarter four total since 2000. The total number of quarter four births fell to a low of 12,785 in 2000. It then rose to around 14,500 in 2008 before falling in more recent years.

At 15,198, the number of deaths registered was 626 (4.3%) more than in the same period of 2016, and the highest quarter four total since 2003. Between 2004 and 2016 the number of deaths in the fourth quarter was generally between 13,500 and 14,500.

The provisional figures also show there were 5,975 marriages in total, 391 fewer than during the fourth quarter of 2016 (a fall of 6.1%).

There were 228 same-sex marriages, a rise of 20 (9.6%) compared with the same period of 2016. Thirty-one (13.6%) of the same sex marriages registered in the fourth quarter were changes from civil partnerships.

In addition, the statistical report reveals that there were 23 civil partnerships (14 male and 9 female), six more than during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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