Legal age for marriage around the world

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Legal age for marriage around the world

  • 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.
[TABLE="width: 459"]
[TR]
[TD]COUNTRY[/TD]
[TD]AGE[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Gambia[/TD]
[TD]No age limit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Maldives[/TD]
[TD]No age limit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Saudi Arabia[/TD]
[TD]No age limit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Sudan[/TD]
[TD]No age limit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Equatorial Guinea[/TD]
[TD]12[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bolivia[/TD]
[TD]14[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Madagascar[/TD]
[TD]14[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mozambique[/TD]
[TD]14[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Venezuela[/TD]
[TD]14[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mexico[/TD]
[TD]14-16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bahrain[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Benin[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Cameroon[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Congo, Democratic Republic of the[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Costa Rica[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Gabon[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Iran[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kuwait[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mali[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Niger[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Afghanistan[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Albania[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Argentina[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Egypt[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Hong Kong[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Indonesia[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]South Korea[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Luxembourg[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Moldova[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Pakistan[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Paraguay[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Peru[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Poland[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Puerto Rico[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Romania[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Uganda[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Zimbabwe[/TD]
[TD]16[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]United Kingdom[/TD]
[TD]16-18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Armenia[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Azerbaijan[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Burkina Faso[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Guinea[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Israel[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]North Korea[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Syria[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tajikistan[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Thailand[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Togo[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Turkey[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ukraine[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Uzbekistan[/TD]
[TD]17[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Yemen[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Algeria[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Angola[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Australia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Austria[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bangladesh[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Belarus[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Belgium[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bhutan[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bosnia and Herzegovina[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Bulgaria[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Burundi[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Cambodia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Canada[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Cape Verde[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Central African Republic[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Chile[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Colombia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Congo, Republic of the[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ivory Coast[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Croatia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Cuba[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Cyprus[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Czech Republic[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Denmark[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Dominican Republic[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ecuador[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]El Salvador[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Eritrea[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Estonia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ethiopia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Finland[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]France[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Georgia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Germany[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ghana[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Greece[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Guatemala[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Haiti[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Hungary[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Iceland[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]India[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Iraq[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ireland[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Italy[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Jamaica[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Jordan[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kazakhstan[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kenya[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Kyrgyzstan[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Laos[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Latvia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Liberia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Liechtenstein[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Lithuania[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Malawi[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Malaysia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Malta[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mauritania[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mauritius[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Mongolia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Morocco[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Burma[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Nepal[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Netherlands[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Nicaragua[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Norway[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Oman[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Panama[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Philippines[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Portugal[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Russia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Serbia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Slovakia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Slovenia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Somalia[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]South Africa[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Spain[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Sri Lanka[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Swaziland[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Sweden[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Switzerland[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tanzania[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Trinidad and Tobago[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Turkmenistan[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Uruguay[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Vietnam[/TD]
[TD]18[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]United States[/TD]
[TD]18-19[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Nigeria[/TD]
[TD]18-21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Samoa[/TD]
[TD]19[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]China[/TD]
[TD]20[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Japan[/TD]
[TD]20[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]New Zealand[/TD]
[TD]20[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Suriname[/TD]
[TD]20[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tunisia[/TD]
[TD]20[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Botswana[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Brazil[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Fiji[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Libya[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Namibia[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Papua New Guinea[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Rwanda[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Sierra Leone[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Singapore[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Zambia[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
 
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