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Small Rise in Number of Marriages in Scotland

The latest figures from National Records of Scotland have given an insight into the numbers of births, deaths and marriages taking place in Scotland during the first quarter of 2017.

According to the provisional figures there were 3,578 marriages in total, 66 more than during the first quarter of 2016 (a rise of 1.9%).

There were 144 same-sex marriages, a fall of 11 (7.1%) compared with the same period of 2016. Twenty one (14.6%) of the same sex marriages registered in the first quarter were apparently changes from civil partnerships.

There were ten civil partnerships (four male and six female), two fewer than during the first quarter of 2016.

At 13,279, the number of births registered was 28 (0.2%) fewer than in the same period of 2016 and the lowest quarter one total since 2003.

At 15,711, the number of deaths registered was 223 (1.4%) more than in the same period of 2016. Compared with the first quarter of 2016, the number of deaths from respiratory system disease fell by 10.4% to 2,090 and deaths from cerebrovascular disease fell by 3.8% to 1,100. Deaths from coronary heart disease fell by 1.5% to 1,786 and there were 4,133 deaths from cancer (an increase of 1.9%).

The figures also show there was an increase of 30.9% in the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease (648) and the number of deaths from dementia rose by 17.9% to 1,229. However, Registers of Scotland highlights that part of this increase will be due to the change in cause of death coding software.

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