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Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Last update: 14 September 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: December 2021

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Key Points

  • There were 11,441 births registered in Scotland between 1 April and 30 June 2021. This is 13.0 per cent lower than the quarter two average of 13,157 over the five years 2015-2019.
  • At 13,771, the number of deaths in 2021 quarter two is broadly in line (0.6 per cent higher) with the quarter two average for 2015-2019.
  • The age-standardised mortality rate for the four-quarter period ending in 2021 quarter 2 was 7.3 per cent lower than the previous four-quarter period (ending 2021 quarter 1). 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 5,545 marriages.  This was 30% lower than the average number of second quarter marriages over the five years 2015-2019.
  • There were 175 same-sex marriages, compared with a five-year average of 286 for quarter two in 2015-2019.
  • Since June 2021 mixed-sex couples have been able to form a civil partnership. Of the 46 civil partnerships registered in the second quarter of 2021, 22 involved mixed-sex couples.
  • There were 24 same-sex civil partnerships, compared to an average of 16 for the five years 2015-2019.

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