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.