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Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

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Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events - Quarterly Figures

Last update: 15 March 2022National Statistics Icon
Next update: June 2022

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Key Points

  • There were 12,284 births registered in Scotland between 1 October and 31 December 2021. This is 3.6 per cent lower than the quarter four average of 12,742 over the five years 2015-2019.
  • At 17,297, the number of deaths in 2021 quarter four is 17.1 per cent higher than the quarter four average of 14,777 for 2015-2019.
  • The age-standardised mortality rate for the four-quarter period ending in 2021 quarter 4 was 0.6 per cent higher than the previous four-quarter period (ending 2021 quarter 3). 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 6,793 marriages. This was 12% higher than the average number of fourth quarter marriages over the five years 2015-2019.
  • There were 254 same-sex marriages, compared with a five-year average of 238.
  • Since June 2021 mixed-sex couples have been able to form a civil partnership. Of the 193 civil partnerships registered in the fourth quarter of 2021, 173 involved mixed-sex couples.
  • There were 20 same-sex civil partnerships, the same as the average 2015-2019.

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