Population, 5-year age groups, by marital status and sex
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Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national and international (Eurostat) official sources.

Definition:
Marital status is defined as the legal conjugal status of each individual in relation to the marriage laws or customs of the country. The basic classification of the population by marital status includes: never married, married, widowed and not remarried, divorced and not remarried. Categories of registered/legal partnerships and legally separated persons are also shown for the countries where the legislation includes provisions for these statuses.

In this table the category ''Never married'' includes persons who have never been married or in a registered partnership. Category ''Persons whose legal union was legally dissolved'' includes all the persons whose marriage ended with a divorce procedure and all the persons whose registered partnership ended with a legal procedure. Category ''Persons whose legal union ended with the death of the partner'' includes all the persons whose marriage or registered partnership ended with the death of the partner.

General note: Data refer to 1st January of each year.
Age groups: For categories of the marital status for the EU and EFTA member states age group 95+ refers to the population of 95-99 y.o. unless otherwise specified in Country Footnotes. For other countries see Country Footnotes.
Country: Armenia
Additional information (2011): Data on married included the registesred, non-registered and church marriages
Country: Armenia
Break in methodlogy (1990 - 2000): reestimated on the base of the 2001 year Census
Country: Armenia
Change in definition (1980 - 1990): Age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Country: Armenia
Change in definition (2001): Age 15 refers to age group 15-19; age group 50-54 refers to 50+.
Country: Armenia
Change in definition (2011): Divorced with registration and without registration
Country: Armenia
Reference period (2002 - 2010): Data are based on the 2001 year Census
Country: Belarus
Change in definition (1980,1990,2000): age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Country: Belarus
Change in definition (1995, 2001 - onwards): age group 85-89 refers to 85+ unless otherwise explicitly shown.
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Data for single marital status categories refer to the population 15+ only. Data for 2013 are from the population census and refer to 30/09/2013.
Country: Bulgaria
1980, 1990, 2001, 2010: data refer to Censuses 1985 (4 December), 1992 (4 December), 2001 (1 March) and 2011 (1 February).
Country: Canada
Data for married category do not include married couples separated.
Data refer to 1 July of each year.
Country: Croatia
1980, 1990, 2001 : data refer to Censuses 1981, 1991 and 2001 and all three censuses taken on 31 March.
Before 2001 : data refer to population with permanent residence irrespective of where and for how long the person lived.
From 2001 : data refer to usual resident population.
All Marital Status 1980 and 1990 : age 15 refers to age group 15-19; 2002-2008 : age group 85-89 refers to 85+.
Never Married, Married, Widowed and Divorced 1990 : age 15 refers to age group 15-19; age group 85-89 refers to 85+.
Country: Cyprus
Data cover only government controlled area.
1980 : data refer to 1 October 1982. 1990 : data refer to 1 October 1992.
Country: Czechia
1990 and 1995 : data refer to 31 December.
Country: Denmark
Data for married category include separated partners. Up to 2006 data on married persons include registered partners and data for widowed category include surviving partners. From 2007 data on registered partnerships reported separately.
Country: Denmark
2007: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Finland
2007: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Iceland
2007: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Netherlands
2007: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Sweden
2007: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Estonia
1980 : data refer to 17 January 1979. 1990 : data refer to 12 January 1989.
2000 : All marital status data refer to 1 January; Never Married, Married, Widowed and Divorced data refer to 31 March.
Country: France
For 1990-2010 data do not cover the overseas departments (DOM).
Country: Georgia
Territorial change (2002 onward): Data do not cover Abkhazia AR and Tskhinvali Region.
Country: Georgia
Figures for breakdown by marital status are based on Population Census of 2014, which was conducted in November. As a result sum of population by marital status does not add up to total.
Country: Georgia
The decrease of population between 2014 and 2015 is related to results of Census 2014.
Country: Germany
From 3 October 1990: data refer to the Federal Republic within its frontiers.
Country: Germany
2014: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Greece
Before 1995 : data refer to de facto population. From 1995 : data refer to de jure population.
Country: Hungary
2010: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Ireland
1980 : data refer to 5 April 1981. 1990 : data refer to 21 April 1991. 1995 : data refer to 28 April 1996.
Reference period: April to June.
Country: Israel
Change in definition (2000 - 2011): Data refer to the average annual population aged 15+. Age 15 refers to age group 15-19; age group 65-69 refers to 65+.
Country: Kazakhstan
Change in definition (2000, 2010): data for single marital status groups refer to the population aged 15+. Age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Country: Kazakhstan
Reference period (2000): data refer to 1999
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Change in definition (1980): Data for age group 70-74 include data for age group 70 +
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Change in definition (1990 - 2000): Data for age group 85-89 include data for age group 85 +
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Reference period (1980): Data refer to 1979 Census (17 January)
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1989 Census (12 January)
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1999 Census (24 March)
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Reference period (2009): Data refer to 2009 Census (24 March)
Country: Malta
Data for other categories of marital status do not add up to all marital status because data are from different sources and reference periods.
All marital status: From 1980 to 2000: data refer only to the Maltese population excluding foreign residents. From 2001: data refer to total population.
Never Married, Married, Widowed and Divorced 2008: data is estimated from 2005 census. 2005, 2008: data on never married refer to single or annulled marriages. 1995: data on divorces include annulled marriages. 2008: data refer to 31 December. 1995, 2005: data are from 1995 census as of 26 November, and 2005 census as of 27 November. For 1995: data refer only to Maltese population.
Country: Moldova, Republic of
From 2000 data exclude the territory of the Transnistria and municipality of Bender. Data for all marital status also includes persons with undeclared marital status.
Country: Montenegro
All Marital Status refer to all persons 15 and over including persons with no answers about marital status.
Country: Norway
2009: Divorced and Widowed - break in time series, see data on legal unions in the categories of marital status
Country: Russian Federation
Change in definition (2002 - 2013): Age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Country: Serbia
Break in methodlogy (2002 - 2011): All marital status includes "unknown" status
Country: Serbia
Change in definition (2002 - 2011): Data refer to population aged 15+ only.
Country: Serbia
Territorial change (2002 - 2011): Data do not cover Kosovo and Metohija.
Country: Slovakia
1980 and 1990 : data refer to 31 December.
Country: Slovenia
1990 and 1995 : data refer to 31 December.
Country: Spain
All marital status 1980 : data refer to 1981; 1990 : data refer to 1991.
Country: Switzerland
The total population does not correspond to the sum of the four individual marital statuses (never married/married/widowed/divorced) as there are other officially recognized marital statuses in Switzerland, eg. ''in registered (same-sex) partnership, ''dissolved (same- sex) partnership'', ''unmarried''.
Country: Tajikistan
Change in definition (2000 - 2013): Data refer to the population aged 15+. Age group 70-74 refers to 70+. 2010: age 19 refers to age group 15-19.
Country: Turkey
1980, 1990, 2000: data refer to 12 October, 21 October and 22 October respectively.
All Marital Status 1980: age group 85-89 refers to 85+.
Never Married, Married, Widowed and Divorced 1980 : age 15 refers to age group 15-19; age group 65-69 refers to 65+.
2008 : data refer to legal marital status and do not cover foreign population.
Country: Ukraine
Change in definition (1980): age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Data include divorced and separated.
Country: Ukraine
Change in definition (1990 - 2002): age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
data refer to population aged 15+.
Country: Ukraine
Change in definition (1990): age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Refer to population aged 15+.
Data include divorced and separated.
Country: Ukraine
Change in definition (2002): age group 70-74 refers to 70+.
Refer to population aged 15+.
Data include divorced people.
Country: Ukraine
Reference period (1980): data refer to Censuse 1979 (17 January).
Country: Ukraine
Reference period (1990): data refer to Censuse 1989 (12 January).
Country: Ukraine
Reference period (2002): data refer to Censuse 2001 (5 December).
Country: United States
Change in definition (1980): Data refer to 1 March and are for the civilian, non-institutionalised population aged 15+. Age 15 refers to age group 15-17; age 18 refers to age group 18-19.
Age group 45-49 refers to 45-54.
Age group 55-59 refers to 55-64; age group 65-69 refers to 65-74.
Age group 75-79 refers to 75+.
Country: United States
Change in definition (1990 - 2002): Data refer to 1 March and are for the civilian, non-institutionalised population aged 15+. Age 15 refers to age group 15-17; age 18 refers to age group 18-19.
Age group 45-49 refers to 45-54.
Age group 55-59 refers to 55-64; age group 65-69 refers to 65-74.
Age group 75-79 refers to 75-84; age group 85-89 refers to 85+.
Country: United States
Change in definition (2000): Data refer to 1 March and are for the civilian, non-institutionalised population aged 15+. Age 15 refers to age group 15-17; age 18 refers to age group 18-19.
Age group 75-79 refers to 75+.
Country: United States
Change in definition (2003 - 2012): Data refer to 1 March and are for the civilian, non-institutionalised population aged 15+. Age 15 refers to age group 15-17; age 18 refers to age group 18-19.
Age group 55-59 refers to 55-64; age group 65-69 refers to 65-74.
Age group 75-79 refers to 75-84; age group 85-89 refers to 85+.

Information

Unit
Persons
Contact
Gender Statistics, UNECE/STAT
Tel: -
E-mail: gender.stats@unece.org
Latest update
2/23/2017
Data type
Stock
Creation date
2/18/2018
Source
UNECE Statistical Division Database
Matrix
c0000433