Marriages Statistics. 2017. Provisional data

The number of marriages of residents in Catalonia held in 2017 stood at 28,594, according to Idescat’s provisional data, which do not include those registered outside Catalonia. This figure represents a fall of 2.6% with respect to the definitive data for 2016, which also include the marriages of residents in Catalonia held in the rest of Spain.

The crude marriage rate in 2017 was 3.8 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants, while the rate stood at 3.9‰ in 2016. These are the highest rates recorded since 2009.

With regard to the previous marital status of the spouses, almost 70% of the weddings corresponded to first marriages for both of them, while 18.8% were weddings between a single person and another previously married one. Weddings corresponding to second marriages for both spouses accounted for 11.6% of the total number held in 2017.

As for the gender of the spouses, 96.2% of the total number of marriages who established their residence in Catalonia were couples of different genders while 3.8% were same-sex spouses.

By territorial areas, the nuptiality rate was higher than the average for Catalonia in El Penedès (4.3‰), the Central Counties (4.0‰) and the Girona Counties (3.9‰). In contrast, the lowest nuptiality rates occurred in Ponent and L’Alt Pirineu i Aran (both below 3.5‰).

By counties, the highest nuptiality rates in 2017 occurred in El Moianès (with 5.3 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants), followed by El Baix Empordà and L’Anoia (both with 4.5‰). La Terra Alta, L’Alta Ribagorça and La Noguera recorded the lowest nuptiality rates, with fewer than 3 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants.

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).

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