Press Release 07/03/2014
There were 2,457 marriages registered in the third quarter of 2013 in the Basque Country, 9% down on the previous year
The percentage of civil marriages was 69%, 8 percentage points more than in the same quarter of the previous year
In July, August and September 2013 there were 2,457 marriages registered in the Basque Country, a drop of 9.2% with respect to the same quarter of the previous year, according to Eustat data. Of these, 356 couples fixed their residence in Álava, 823 in Gipuzkoa and 1,206 in Bizkaia. The number of couples who fixed their residence outside of the Basque Country stood at 72.
In the third quarter of 2013, civil marriages accounted for 68.5% of the total, a percentage 8 points higher than that given for the same period of 2012. In turn, this proportion was lower than that registered in the second quarter of 2013, when it stood at 74.7%.
84% of husbands and 73% of wives were aged 30 or over
As regards the distribution of marriages according to the age of the couples, 84% of grooms were aged 30 or over, whilst this percentage stood at 72.8% amongst brides. In comparison with the same period of the previous year, this proportion grew for both sexes, with the figures for 2012 being 69.5% for women and 82.8% for men.
Of the 2,475 marriages in the third quarter of 2013, 2,375 men and 2,402 women resident in the Basque Country entered into marriage. For 2,140 spouses (90.1%) this was their first marriage, whilst 15 widowers and 220 divorcees remarried. The percentage of first weddings for women was practically identical to that for men: the number of single women who married stood at 2,187 (91%), 9 widows and 206 divorcees.
Foreigners accounted for 7% of newly married women
In relation to the nationality of the couples in the weddings held during the summer months in 2013, 4.4% of men and 7.3% of women held foreign nationality.
September was the month that saw the most weddings (1,046), followed by July with 999. On the other hand, August remained the summer month which saw the fewest weddings (412), but the number for this month increased 17% with respect to the same period of the previous year.
Furthermore, 44 marriages between individuals of the same sex were celebrated, a figure that exceeds the 41 registered the previous year.
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