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    Legal age for marriage around the world

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    • It is literally impossible to find a common denominator when it comes to marriage age around the world. Factors such as customs and economic issues play an important role in deciding the average age at marriage in different countries. In some areas, religion is also a major component when deciding marriage age. The differences can be staggering.
    • In the US, for example, the average age at marriage varies according to social status, family traditions, and even geographical situation. Generally speaking, people in big cities tend to marry later and wait longer to have children, normally well into their 30s. People growing up in rural communities will probably get married for the first time in their early 20s. In developed countries, the average marriage age has also been pushed back because many couples now choose to live together for years before even considering marriage. In the 1950s, when sharing a home before marriage wasn't the standard, people got married younger.
    • In countries such as India and Pakistan, where it is tradition that parents arrange weddings, the average age at marriage is 17, with many brides getting married as soon as they turn 15. This is the case also in many African countries, where economic factors force parents to marry off their daughters at an early age. Nigeria has some of the lowest averages in Africa, with most men getting married around 23 and most women at 17.

    COUNTRY AGE
    Gambia No age limit
    Maldives No age limit
    Saudi Arabia No age limit
    Sudan No age limit
    Equatorial Guinea 12
    Bolivia 14
    Madagascar 14
    Mozambique 14
    Venezuela 14
    Mexico 14-16
    Bahrain 15
    Benin 15
    Cameroon 15
    Congo, Democratic Republic of the 15
    Costa Rica 15
    Gabon 15
    Iran 15
    Kuwait 15
    Mali 15
    Niger 15
    Afghanistan 16
    Albania 16
    Argentina 16
    Egypt 16
    Hong Kong 16
    Indonesia 16
    South Korea 16
    Luxembourg 16
    Moldova 16
    Pakistan 16
    Paraguay 16
    Peru 16
    Poland 16
    Puerto Rico 16
    Romania 16
    Uganda 16
    Zimbabwe 16
    United Kingdom 16-18
    Armenia 17
    Azerbaijan 17
    Burkina Faso 17
    Guinea 17
    Israel 17
    North Korea 17
    Syria 17
    Tajikistan 17
    Thailand 17
    Togo 17
    Turkey 17
    Ukraine 17
    Uzbekistan 17
    Yemen 18
    Algeria 18
    Angola 18
    Australia 18
    Austria 18
    Bangladesh 18
    Belarus 18
    Belgium 18
    Bhutan 18
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 18
    Bulgaria 18
    Burundi 18
    Cambodia 18
    Canada 18
    Cape Verde 18
    Central African Republic 18
    Chile 18
    Colombia 18
    Congo, Republic of the 18
    Ivory Coast 18
    Croatia 18
    Cuba 18
    Cyprus 18
    Czech Republic 18
    Denmark 18
    Dominican Republic 18
    Ecuador 18
    El Salvador 18
    Eritrea 18
    Estonia 18
    Ethiopia 18
    Finland 18
    France 18
    Georgia 18
    Germany 18
    Ghana 18
    Greece 18
    Guatemala 18
    Haiti 18
    Hungary 18
    Iceland 18
    India 18
    Iraq 18
    Ireland 18
    Italy 18
    Jamaica 18
    Jordan 18
    Kazakhstan 18
    Kenya 18
    Kyrgyzstan 18
    Laos 18
    Latvia 18
    Liberia 18
    Liechtenstein 18
    Lithuania 18
    Malawi 18
    Malaysia 18
    Malta 18
    Mauritania 18
    Mauritius 18
    Mongolia 18
    Morocco 18
    Burma 18
    Nepal 18
    Netherlands 18
    Nicaragua 18
    Norway 18
    Oman 18
    Panama 18
    Philippines 18
    Portugal 18
    Russia 18
    Serbia 18
    Slovakia 18
    Slovenia 18
    Somalia 18
    South Africa 18
    Spain 18
    Sri Lanka 18
    Swaziland 18
    Sweden 18
    Switzerland 18
    Tanzania 18
    Trinidad and Tobago 18
    Turkmenistan 18
    Uruguay 18
    Vietnam 18
    United States 18-19
    Nigeria 18-21
    Samoa 19
    China 20
    Japan 20
    New Zealand 20
    Suriname 20
    Tunisia 20
    Botswana 21
    Brazil 21
    Fiji 21
    Libya 21
    Namibia 21
    Papua New Guinea 21
    Rwanda 21
    Sierra Leone 21
    Singapore 21
    Zambia 21


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