In 2015, the number of marriages with residence in Catalonia and registered in Catalan civil registries totalled 26,873, a very similar figure to the previous year's, according to the provisional data on the Marriages Statistics. The nuptiality rate in 2015 stood at 3.6 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants.
The mean age at first marriage was 34.7 for men and 32.7 for women, a figure which signified a rise of 0.4 with respect to 2014. The oldest ages for getting married were registered in the L'Alt Pirineu i Aran area (36 for men and 33.3 for women), while the youngest ages for getting married were, in the case of men, in Terres de l'Ebre and Ponent (both below the age of 34) and for women, in Terres de l'Ebre (30.9 years old).
Of the marriages registered in Catalonia, 26,033 correspond to those between the opposite sex (representing 96.9% of all marriages), while there were 840 same-sex marriages (about 3.1%). Of the latter, 53.6% were marriages between men (450 marriages) and 46.4% between women (390).
As far as the types of celebration are concerned, strictly civil marriages (22,883) rose by 2.7%, representing 85 out of every 100 marriages; whereas those held according to the Catholic faith (3,798) and other religions (192) fell by 12.1% as a whole.
With regard to the nationality of the wedding couple, both spouses had Spanish nationality in 20,954 marriages (78% of the total); in 4,937 (18.4%), one of the spouses held foreign nationality, and in 982 (3.6%) both spouses were foreign nationals.
The Marriages Statistics, Statistics provide annual information of a demographic, social and territorial nature on marriages between spouses who are official residents of Catalonia. The source of this data is the Marriages Statistics Bulletin, which is completed by the recently married upon registering with their respective Civil Register.
Idescat publishes the information by municipality, county, area of the Territorial Plan, province and for Catalonia as a whole. In order to reduce to the risk of revealing sensitive information, certain professional guidelines have been established as to the types of variables and the frequency of the table.
Until 2011, the released data strictly made reference to marriage certificates registered in Catalonia whose spouses were habitual residents of Catalonia. Since 2012, the data has been released annually in two phases: the provisional data (containing marriages between residents of Catalonia and those having been registered in Catalonia) and the definitive data (with marriages between Catalonian residents who registered their union in Civil Registers in other autonomous communities).