Almost a third of the marriage unions concluded in St. Petersburg in 2019 took place between citizens not registered in the Northern capital. Thus, St. Petersburg has become the capital of wedding tourism.
According to the St. Petersburg Civil Registry Committee, last year out of 49 381 marriages registered in the city, 29.5% of all wedding ceremonies were held by residents of other cities in Russia and foreign countries.
"This figure has been growing over the past years, starting in 2012, which testifies to the attractiveness of the palaces and departments of the registry office of St. Petersburg," - said on February 20 in the office of the vice-governor of St. Petersburg Eduard Batanov.
In 2019, 7,010 marriages were registered with the participation of foreign citizens. At the same time, 925 married or married in St. Petersburg - from 85 foreign countries, most often from Egypt (63), Israel (53), Afghanistan (48), Great Britain (45), Italy (45), Germany (41), Pakistan (33), China and Tunisia (23 each). Another 6,283 citizens are representatives of 15 countries - the former republics of the USSR.
And about. Alexander Zabaykin, Chairman of the Civil Registry Office, drew attention to the tendency for an increase in the average age of those entering into marriage. The age of first marriage in St. Petersburg is 28 for women and 29 for men. Women remarry on average at 39 years old, and men at 42 years old.