The number of marriages in North Rhine-Westphalia has declined slightly. In the past year, 86.475 couples said yes, down 0.7 percent from the previous year, the state statistics office reported Friday.
In 1960 there were still 146.225 couples. The negative record was set in 2013 with 79.895 weddings achieved. Since then, there has been an upward trend, which has now been broken.
Until marriage was opened to same-sex couples on 1. October 2017 are reportedly 1.316 civil partnerships have been concluded. Of these, 629 male and 687 female couples said "I do". Figures on same-sex marriages are not currently available in population statistics because of a lack of legal basis, it said.
For three quarters of the men and women, it was reportedly their first marriage. One fifth were divorced. 1.6 percent of men and 1.0 percent of women were widowed. On average, men were 33.4 years old at their first marriage, and women were 31.0 years old. This means that both men and women are, on average, 0.2 years older when they marry than in the previous year. In 2000, couples were younger by more than 2 years.
In 83.8 percent of the cases, both partners were German, according to the statistics office. In 3.3 percent of couples, both had a different citizenship. In the remaining cases, a German married a partner with foreign citizenship, most often Turkish.