In 2013, 194,057 marriages took place in Italy (3.2 per 1,000 inhabitants), 13,081 fewer than in 2012. This decrease is part of a downward trend in marriages that began in 1972. In the 2008-2013 period there was a decline of approximately 53,000 marriages.
The recent decline in the number of marriages is mainly due to the drop of celebrations between Italian partners. In particular, first marriages for couples with both Italian citizens were 145,571 in 2013, approximately 40,000 fewer in the last five years. This difference accounts for 77% of the total fall in marriages between 2008 and 2013.
Weddings with at least one foreign spouse have also decreased during the last year: after the slight increase registered in 2012, in 2013 26,080 marriages with at least one foreign partner were celebrated (13.4% of the total). They were 30,724 in 2012.
Marriages where one partner is Italian and the other is a foreigner represent the prevalent type of mixed marriage (70,1% of marriages with at least one foreign spouse) and amount to 18,273 in 2013.
The number of second and subsequent marriages also decreased in the last year: they actually passed from 34,137 in 2008 to 30,691 in 2013. Second and subsequent marriages, however, declined at a slower pace than first marriages: they were 13.8 per 100 weddings in 2008 and 15.8 per 100 in 2013.