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Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Last update: 14 December 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: March 2022

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Key Points

  • There were 12,548 births registered in Scotland between 1 July and 30 September 2021. This is 9.0 per cent lower than the quarter three average of 13,788 over the five years 2015-2019.
  • An 15,145, the number of deaths in 2021 quarter three is 15.3 per cent higher than the quarter three average of 13,137 for 2015-2019.
  • The age-standardised mortality rate for the four-quarter period ending in 2021 quarter 3 was 2.6 per cent higher than the previous four-quarter period (ending 2021 quarter 2). This rate takes into account the growing and ageing population and is therefore the best indicator of the direction of the mortality trend.
  • There were 10,540 marriages. This was 1% lower than the average number of third quarter marriages over the five years 2015-2019.
  • There were 335 same-sex marriages, compared with a five-year average of 384 for quarter three in 2015-2019.
  • Since June 2021 mixed-sex couples have been able to form a civil partnership. Of the 248 civil partnerships registered in the third quarter of 2021, 216 involved mixed-sex couples.
  • There were 32 same-sex civil partnerships, compared to an average of 21 for the five years 2015-2019.

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