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Press release 12/07/2006


More civil weddings in the second quarter of 2006 than the same quarter the year before

2,876 marriages were held over the months of April, May and June 2006

The number of marriages in the A.C. of the Basque Country in April, May and July came to 2,876, which represents a 6.7% decrease with regard to the same quarter the year before, according to Eustat data. By provinces, in Bizkaia 1,419 weddings were held, followed by Gipuzkoa with 978 and Álava with 385. in the case of residents marrying outside the Basque Country, the number of weddings came to 94.

Unlike the previous quarter, which was characterised by the low number of weddings held, in the second quarter of 2006 there was a sharp increase in weddings held in May and June. In addition, over this period 19% were civil weddings, which is five percentage points higher than the same quarter in 2005. At the same time this proportion is considerably lower than in the first quarter of 2006, when 77.5% of weddings were civil.

Of the 2,875 weddings held in the second quarter of 2006, 2,800 men and 2,830 women who are resident in the A.C. of the Basque Country got married. For 2,586 grooms (92.4%) this was their first marriage, while 13 widowers and 201 divorcés remarried. The percentage of women in first time marriages was similar to the male figure: there were 2,629 (92.9%) single brides, 8 widows and 193 divorcées

Continuing rising trend in the age of spouses

In the distribution of marriages according to the age of the spouses, we can see that of 73.6% grooms were aged over 30, while among brides this figure was 56.4%. These proportions are greater than the same quarter in 2005 (66.9% and 49.2%, respectively) which maintains, another quarter, the rising trend in the age of the marrying population.

Graph 1: Monthly movement in marriages

For further information:

Euskal Estatistika-Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
C/ Donostia-San Sebastian, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Tel:+34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: eustat@eustat.es
Contact: Martín González Hernández
Tel:+34-945-01 75 49 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01
Press releases on the Internet: www.eustat.es
Data bank: www.eustat.eus/bancopx/spanish/indice.aspx

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