This article on marriages and births is part of a pilot project implemented by Eurostat together with the Member States.
The aim of the pilot project is to better reply to user's needs by complementing the Eurostat article presenting data on an EU level with more detailed information on the same topic, but at national level.
Since 2000, the number of marriages has ranged approximately between 24 and 28 thousand per year.
In 1994, it fell below 30 thousand since when it has never exceeded that level.
During the following years, births gradually increased to reach 61 thousand live births in 2009.
During the 2001-2003 period, this value reached its minimum (below 52 thousand live births), which led to a natural population decrease.
However, in terms of population processes, 2013 can be characterized as a year of stabilization and the established demographic trends were not fundamentally affected by the year-on-year changes.
However, the long-lasting, adverse changes in the fertility rate as well as the positive development in life expectancy at birth have profoundly affected the ageing of the Slovak population.
There was an increased share of singles, from 21.2 % in 2001 to 26.4 % in 2011, and the share of the divorced increased from 6 % to nearly 10 %.
The share of the widowed remained at a relatively stable level.