In 2016, the number of marriages hat were held in Catalonia was 28,631, an increase of 3.8% compared to the previous year, according to the provisional data on the Marriages Statistics. Marriages in which at least one of the spouses has been previously or subsequently married increased the most, 7.5% with regard to the previous year, and now represent 30.4% of all marriages. Marriages between single people also increased, though to a lesser degree: 2.2% compared to the same period of the previous year.
The mean age at first marriage continued to be delayed and exceeded and was, for the first time ever, 35 years in the case of men (35.1) and 33 years in that of women (33.2). Les Terres de l'Ebre is where the population was married the earliest compared with the Catalan mean, with the mean age at first marriage being 34.1 years for men and 31.8 years for women. Meanwhile, the place where the population married the latest was in the Metropolitan Area (35.3 years for men and 33.5 years for women) and in L'Alt Pirineu and Aran (36.1 years for men and 33.1 years for women).
Of the 28,631 marriages registered in Catalonia in 2016, 27,612 corresponded to couples of a different sex (representing 96.4% of the total) and 1,019 were marriages between people of the same sex (3.6%). Of the latter, 52.6% were marriages between men (536) and 47.4% between women (483).
With regard to the nationality of the wedding couple, both spouses had Spanish nationality in 22,204 marriages, representing 77.6% of the total. In 5,362 marriages, one of the spouses held foreign nationality (18.7%) and in 1,065 (3.7%) both spouses were foreign nationals.
Marriage behaviour in the territory was quite homogeneous, with few variations in the marriage rate. The marriage rate for El Penedès (4.3 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants), the Central Counties (4.1‰) and the Counties of Girona (3.9‰) was higher than the Catalan average (3.8‰). In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were in Ponent and Les Terres de l'Ebre (both with 3.3‰).
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).