In 1995, Mateu Puigròs became mayor of Sant Llorenç. A whole generation has grown up knowing only Mateu, although he can't claim the longevity record for mayors in Spain in the democratic era. Prior to the municipal elections last year, there were 31 mayors in Spain who had spent forty years in the post, mostly all of them having been mayors of tiny municipalities of fewer than 1,000 residents. At 8,431, Sant Llorenç isn't exactly enormous, but in municipality-size terms it can't be classified as small either. There are 8,131 municipalities in Spain, and 5,002 of them have populations of under 1,000.