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Annual UK and constituent country figures for births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions.

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  • In 2017, there were 755,042 live births in the UK, a decrease of 2.6% from 774,835 in 2016 and the lowest number of live births since 2006.

  • There were 3,200 stillbirths in the UK in 2017; the corresponding stillbirth rate was 4.2 stillbirths per 1,000 total births, which is the lowest rate on record.

  • There were 607,172 deaths registered in the UK in 2017, an increase of 1.7% from 597,206 in 2016 and the highest number registered annually since 2003.

  • There were 3,408 deaths registered to children aged under five years in the UK in 2017, the lowest number on record; the corresponding mortality rate was 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, unchanged since 2014.

  • There were 2,971 infant deaths (deaths under one year) registered in the UK in 2017, the lowest number on record; the corresponding infant mortality rate was 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, unchanged since 2013 and the lowest rate on record.

  • There were 2,131 neonatal deaths (deaths under 28 days) registered in the UK in 2017; the corresponding neonatal mortality rate was 2.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, unchanged from 2016 and up slightly from 2.7 between 2013 and 2015.

  • There were 1,070 civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2017, an increase of 2.5% from 1,044 in 2016.

  • UK figures for marriages, divorces and civil partnership dissolutions in 2017 are not yet available.

  • There were 275,395 marriages of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2015, the latest year for which data are available; this was a decrease of 3.2% from 284,624 in 2014.

  • There were 118,046 divorces of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2016, the latest year for which data are available; this was an increase of 5.0% from 112,390 in 2015.

  • There were 1,415 civil partnership dissolutions in the UK in 2016, the latest year for which data are available; this was an increase of 8.8% from 1,300 in 2015.

Contact details for this Dataset

Elizabeth McLaren
vsob@ons.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110