THEY DON’T!: Less than romantic figures show fewer marriages in Spain

FEWER people tie the knot in Spain than in most countries in Europe, according to figures released to coincide with Valentine’s Day (today).

Data published today by community statistics office reveals that Spain was the sixth member state with the least weddings in 2017, just 3.7 per 1,000 people.

The EU average was 4.3.

According to Eurostat, the marriage rate in Europe has been plummeting since the 1960s, from 7.8 unions per 1,000 inhabitants in 1965 to today’s figures.

Countries where people are even less inclined to get married are Slovenia (3.1), Italy and Luxembourg (both with 3.2), Portugal (3.3) and France (3.5).

At the opposite end of the scale, Lithuanians celebrated 7.5 marital bonds for every 1,000 inhabitants during the year 2017 and Romanians, with 7.3.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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