The number of marriages taking place in the Catalonia region has fallen to the lowest level in 56 years, according to recent figures released by authorities. In 2009, 27,500 marriages took place, a year-on-year drop of 10 per cent, and the lowest number since 1953, when the population was half of its current level.

There are now 3.7 marriages per 1,000 inhabitants in the region. Head of the Estad