MALAGA is the third province in Spain where most babies are born to unmarried couples who do not live together. According to the National Institute of Statistics, in 2009, 17,794 children were born, 35.4 per cent of them to unmarried couples. In 15.6 per cent of cases, the parents didn’t live together either.
Malaga is the Andalucian province with most cases of this kind, and beaten only by Madrid and Barcelona in the rest of Spain.
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Spain still remains well behind other parts of Europe, as in Nordic countries, for example, the average is more than 50 per cent of the total number of births, while in Spain it is only 36 per cent.
In Malaga, 57 per cent of unmarried mothers are between 20 and 29 years old. Most of the pregnancies were unwanted.
Studies show that other young mothers, unable to become financially independent, decide to continue living with their parents and also have a child with their partners.