Number of divorces in Denmark 2009-2019

In 2018 and 2019, most Danes were never married; the number of never married inhabitants was around 2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. By contrast, among all Danes, the fewest were divorced. In general, the number of divorces between different sexes fluctuated in recent years, peaking in 2014 at about 19 thousand divorces. As of 2018, the number decreased to nearly 15 thousand. Spouses in Denmark may divorce, if either or both parties do not wish to continue being together. If one does not agree, they can be divorced after a period of six months of separation.  

 Divorces between same-sex partners

   Since 15th of June 2012, no new civil partnerships can be contracted anymore in Denmark. At this time, the same-sex marriage law was enacted. In the period from 2013 to 2018, the number of divorces between two men as well as between two women increased significantly. By the end of this period, there were 34 divorces between two men and 64 divorces between two women recorded.     

Norway and Sweden

      In the past years, the number of divorces in Norway decreased overall from 10.2 thousand in 2008 to 9.5 thousand in 2018. The amount reached in 2015 was the lowest number of divorces during the decade considered. By comparison, from 2008 to 2013, the number of divorces grew in Sweden. After that, there was a decreasing trend visible in the country. As of 2018, around 25 thousand people were divorced.

Number of divorces in Denmark from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Special properties

the number include difference sex marriage divorces only

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