In 2019, there were 2,413 marriages registered at the Tallinn Vital Statistics Department, 58 more than in 2018.
There were 737 foreign citizens who got married, most of them
had Russian citizenship (338), followed by Ukrainian (123),
Belarussian (26) and Latvian (22). In total, citizens of 64
different countries were represented, including Ghana,
Colombia, South Korea, Cambodia and Gambia.
523 certifications for marrying abroad were issued for 62
different countries. The most exotic countries in this list
were Cambodia, the Republic of Ecuador and the Kingdom of
Bahrain. Women applied for the certificate 268 times last year
and men 255 times.
With 316 marriages, August was the most popular month to get
married. In 1,810 marriages, woman took a man’s last name and
46 men did the opposite. The wedding ceremonies were held at a
place outside the Vital Statistics Department grounds on 165
Marriage anniversaries were celebrated at the Vital Statistics
Department on six occasions – celebrations of four gold, one
sapphire and one silver wedding took place.
In 2019, 1,325 divorce applications were filed in the
department. There were 1,092 divorces registered, 56 fewer than
The natural increase in Tallinn is still positive, with 378
more births than deaths. 4,917 births were registered, 2,491
boys and 2,426 girls were born. 75 twins and 3 triplets were
registered. The youngest mother was 16 and the oldest 50, the
youngest father was 18 and the oldest 62 years old. The largest
age gap between the parents was 33 years. 2,494 children were
born to married parents. In 2,300 cases, paternity was
officially acknowledged, in 123 occasions the birth was
registered by a single parent. Of the parents who registered
the birth, 1,171 were foreigners.
The most popular girls' names of 2019 in Tallinn were Alisa,
Mia, Emilia and Eva. The most popular boys' names were Mark,
Hugo, Artjom and Artur.
1,140 applications for name changes were filed and 964 new
names were issued, 90 more than the previous year. New first
name was given 274, new last name 616 and both first and last
name 74 times. The surnames of ancestors were the most sought.
2,402 deaths were registered in the department. As of July 1st
2019, health care providers (GPs, hospitals, ambulances, etc.)
automatically transfer death data to the population register
and issue a death certificate.
6,744 certificates of past family events were issued, of them
3,693 were in a foreign language representing 55% of the total
number of certificates issued.
Compared to the number of civil status records registered in
counties and local governments, the Tallinn Vital Statistics
Department performed 48% of marriages, 35% of births, 32% of
deaths, 53% of divorces, 62% of name changes and issued 65% of
all family event certificates in Estonia.