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Number of divorces in Denmark 2010-2020

Most Danes had never been married; the number of never married inhabitants was around 2.9 million in 2021. By contrast, among all Danes, the fewest were widowed. In general, the number of divorces between different sexes fluctuated in recent years, peaking in 2014 at about 19 thousand divorces. As of 2021, the number decreased to around 15.5 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 2020, the number of divorces between two men as well as between two women increased significantly. By the end of this period, there were 26 divorces between two men and 104 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 2009 to 9.5 thousand in 2019. 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, but numbers increased again in the past two years, reaching over 25 thousand divorces in 2019.

Number of divorces in Denmark from 2010 to 2020

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Special properties

the number include difference sex marriage divorces only

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