Divorces and divortiality since 1876

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Last modified: new data set (2020)
State of the database: September 2021
Reference period : Calendar year
Spatial reference: Switzerland
Data sources: Vital Statistics (BEVNAT), 1981-2010 Annual Population Statistics (ESPOP), from 2011 Population and Households Statistics (STATPOP)
Used signs:
' ... ' : figure unknown because not (yet) collected or not (yet) calculated
' * ' : not indicated because obvious or concept not applicable
From 1921 until 1932, only the nationality of the man is known. Since 1933, the nationality of both spouses before marriage is available.
The articles mentioned describe the legal grounds of the divorce. They refer to the Federal law on civil status, its registration and marriage (of 24 December 1874) from 1886 to 1911, resp. to the Swiss Civil Code of 10 December 1907 which came into force on 1 January 1912. Since 2000, new legal grounds apply. As a result of a change in data source no such data are available after 2010.
1934-1982: when a divorce is based on more than one legal ground, only the main one is taken into account.
Historical data taken from the publication « Historical Statistics of Switzerland » (Chronos, 1996) and the annual publications on Vital statistics (in French: « Mouvement de la Population de la Suisse »).
The rest of the data comes from the Vital statistics BEVNAT (in German)
Information about the term used can be found here: Definitions
Historical background:
The Historical Dictionary of Switzerland