Mean age at first marriage by sex
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Contact and information

Information

Unit
years
Contact
Gender Statistics, UNECE/STAT
Tel: -
Fax: -
E-mail: gender.stats@un.org
Latest update
1/31/2017
Data type
Average
Creation date
9/19/2018
Source
UNECE Statistical Division Database
Matrix
c0000351
Footnotes

Footnotes

Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national and international (UNICEF TransMONEE) official sources.

Definition: The mean age at first marriage is the weighted average of the different ages (limited at age 50), using as weights the age-specific marriage rates for first marriages only.

General note: Data come from registers, unless otherwise specified.

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Country: Belarus
Data are based on events and include all ages.
Country: Belgium
Change in definition (2000-2015): both spouses are single before the marriage. In the preceding table, each spouse was selected separetely.
Country: Belgium
Since 2003, marriages between persons of the same sex are included.
Country: Belgium
Change in definition (1980 - 2015): Data are based on events. The ages taken into account are not limited to 50.
Country: Canada
Change in definition (1995 - 2002): Data are based on events. Age refers to completed years.
Country: Canada
Change in definition (1995 - 2002): Data are based on events. Age refers to completed years.
Country: Canada
Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1998
Country: Canada
Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1998
Country: Croatia
Data are based on events.
Country: Cyprus
Data cover only government controlled area.
Country: Cyprus
Data cover only government controlled area.
Country: Denmark
Data are based on events.
Country: France
Data do not cover overseas territories. 2007, 2008: Preliminary data.
Country: Germany
Change in definition (1980 - 2012): Data are based on events and include all ages.
Country: Germany
Change in definition (1980 - 2012): Data are based on events and include all ages.
Country: Germany
Territorial change (1980 - 1990): Data refer to the former territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Country: Germany
Territorial change (1980 - 1990): Data refer to the former territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Country: Greece
Before 1991: data were based on the de facto population. From 1991: data are based on the de jure population. Break in time series in 2000. Before 2000 mean age was calculated on the basis of events. From 2000 onwards calculations are based on rates.
Country: Hungary
Data are based on events and include all ages.
Country: Iceland
Data are based on events and include all ages.
Country: Ireland
Data are based on events and include all ages. Data refer to year of registration which can include data from previous years.
Country: Ireland
Data cover Republic of Ireland only.
Country: Israel
Change in definition (1980 - 1995): Data are based on events
Country: Italy
Data related to 2002-2011 are calculated using intercensal register population estimates. From 1980 to 2003 the mean age at first marriage is based on events, not on rates.
Country: Malta
Data refer to the average of the different ages.
Country: Norway
Break in methodology (1995): Calculation of per cent unmarried at age 50.
Country: Portugal
Data are based on events by age groups, using as weights the middle point of each age group, from 16 until 75 and over. From 2010 figures include same-sex civil marriages.
Country: Serbia
Data are based on events and include all ages. From 1997: data do not cover Kosovo and Metohija.
Country: Spain
Change in definition (1980 - 2013): Data are limited to age 60.
Country: Spain
Change in definition (1980 - 2013): Data are limited to age 60.
Country: Sweden
Break in methodlogy (2009): Includes same -sex marriages.
Country: Sweden
Break in methodlogy (2009): Includes same -sex marriages.
Country: United Kingdom
Additional information (1980 - 2010): Data are not standardised and take no account of the structure of the population by age or marital status.
Country: United Kingdom
Additional information (1980 - 2010): Data are not standardised and take no account of the structure of the population by age or marital status.
Country: United Kingdom
Territorial change (1980 - onwards): Data refer to England and Wales only.
Country: United Kingdom
Territorial change (1980 - onwards): Data refer to England and Wales only.
Country: United States
1980-1990: based on the actual marriages. From 1995: estimates of the median age at first marriage.