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Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures


Provisional figures for vital events registered in Scotland in the third quarter of 2018


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12 December 2018

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Third Quarter 2018

This release presents provisional figures for vital events which were registered in Scotland in the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018, inclusive. The tables and chart (available below) provide statistics of births, stillbirths, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, including:

  • quarterly figures for Scotland for each of the past ten years;
  • the totals for each Local Authority and NHS Board area for the latest quarter; and
  • more detailed analyses of the numbers of deaths (for example cross-classified by sex, cause and NHS Board area) for the latest quarter.

Main Points

  • The statistics show 13,077 births, 12,625 deaths and 10,118 marriages were registered between July and September.
  • At 13,077, the number of births registered was 5.5 per cent lower than in the same period of 2017. This fall takes the quarter three total to its lowest level since civil registration began in 1855. The total number of quarter three births had fallen to a previous low of around 13,200 in 2001. It then rose to around 15,500 in 2008 before falling again in more recent years. Expressed as a rate, there were 9.6 births per 1,000 population, compared with the recent high of 11.9 births per 1,000 population for quarter three of 2008.
  • At 12,625, the number of deaths registered was 4.2 per cent lower than in the same period of 2017. Expressed as a rate, there were 9.2 deaths per 1,000 population.

Compared with the third quarter of 2017:

  • The number of cancer deaths fell by 1.3 per cent to 3,916;
  • The number of deaths from coronary heart disease fell by 11.8 per cent to 1,361;
  • The number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease fell by 5.2 per cent to 1,284;
  • Deaths from respiratory diseases fell by 1.6 per cent (by 21 to 1,270); There were 750 deaths from cerebrovascular disease (a decrease of 16.7 per cent).
  • The provisional figures also show there were 10,118 marriages in total, 752 fewer than during the third quarter of 2017 (a fall of 6.9 per cent). There were 373 same-sex marriages, 4 more (1.1 per cent) than in the same period of 2017. Of the same sex marriages registered in the third quarter, 23 (6.2 per cent) were changes from civil partnerships.
  • The total number of marriages is the lowest for the third quarter since 1943 (when the total was 9,847) having fallen below the previous low of 10,312 recorded in 2013.
  • There were 12 civil partnerships (7 male and 5 female), 15 fewer than during the third quarter of 2017.

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Tables and Chart

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Births, deaths and other vital events - third quarter 2018
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More detailed commentary on the final Vital Events statistics for calendar years as a whole (including some comparisons of the figures for different years, for parts of Scotland and for some other countries) can be found in the following areas of our website:


This is a quarterly publication. The dates of future publications will be announced in our Future Publications page.

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