by Jack Wright
One might understandably take it for granted that in Spain, a country where National Catholicism (nacionalcatolicismo) was a dominant part of its ideological identity not so very long ago, cohabitation, divorce, and children outside of marriage would be rare. Surprisingly, there’s nothing further from the truth. Spain is the fourth country in the European Union where weddings are least celebrated and the third country where the greatest number of divorces takes place.
In Spain, there are only 3.5 weddings for every 1000 people, according to the latest poll (2017) conducted by Eurostat. On top of it, more than half of the marriages (57.2%) go bust.
And instead of a straitlaced, dogmatic country, Spain is one of the most tolerant countries when it comes to divorce, cohabitation, and having children with someone other than one’s partner, according to a study published by the Fundación de las Cajas de Ahorro in Panorama Social. It turns out that in 2012 only 31% of the Spanish population are against having those children. Comparatively, 27% of the Swedes are. Eighty-six percent of the Spaniards support cohabitation. (Eighty-four percent of the Swedes do too.)
Spaniards are highly tolerant of divorce; 83% of them support that break-up. In comparison, 71% of the Germans, for example, are supportive; so are 63% of the people of Chile.
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Couple and children/Merio
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