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  • Release date:
    03 December 2021
  • Next release:
    To be announced

About this Dataset

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

Edition in this dataset

Current edition of this dataset

Previous versions of this data are available.

Important notes and usage information

Data on civil partnerships in 2020 are not included in this release. For England and Wales, data on civil partnerships in 2020 were not available at the time of publication. For Northern Ireland and Scotland, data on civil partnerships in 2020 are available in the Northern Ireland Register General Annual Report, and the National Records of Scotland Vital Events Reference Tables, respectively.

Main points from latest release

  • In 2020, there were 681,560 live births in the UK, a decrease of 4.4% from 712,680 in 2019 and the lowest number of live births since 2002.

  • There were 2,638 stillbirths in the UK in 2019; the corresponding stillbirth rate was 3.9 stillbirths per 1,000 total births, the joint lowest rate on record.

  • There were 689,629 deaths registered in the UK in 2020, an increase of 14.0% from 604,707 in 2019 and the highest number of deaths in over a century.

  • There were 2,981 deaths registered to children aged under five years in the UK in 2020; the corresponding mortality rate was 4.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, a decrease from 4.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019.

  • There were 2,620 infant deaths (deaths of those aged under one year) registered in the UK in 2020; the corresponding infant mortality rate was 3.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • There were 1,895 neonatal deaths (deaths of those aged under 28 days) registered in the UK in 2020; the corresponding neonatal mortality rate was 2.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • There were 262,382 marriages of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2018, the latest year for which data are available, a decrease of 3.4% from 271,668 in 2017.

  • There were 117,723 divorces of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2019, the latest year for which data are available, an increase of 17.4% from 100,241 in 2018.

  • There were 1,180 civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2019, the latest year for which data are available, an increase of 4.5% from 1,129 in 2018.