Child Marriage: Legally 9 years old and up #unesco #childmarriage

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Globally, the average legal age of marriage for boys is 17 and 16 for girls but many countries permit them, particularly girls, to marry much younger. In the USA? 14!

Several places, including the state of Massachusetts in the United States, allow girls as young as 12 to get married in “exceptional circumstances” with the consent of a judge.

But in many cases this is a leftover from an earlier age and is rarely tested. Many countries with low marriage ages do not have a particularly high number of under 18s getting married.

CHART BY COUNTRY

Afghanistan1816
Albania1818
Algeria1919
Andorra**1414
Angola1615
Antigua and Barbuda1515
Argentina1818
Armenia1616
Australia1616
Austria1616
Azerbajian1817
Bahrain1815
Bangladesh2118
Barbados1818
Belarus1614
Belgium**1818
Belize1616
Benin1818
Bhutan1818
Bolivia1614
Bosnia and Herzegovina1616
Botswana1818
Brazil1616
Brunei1313
Bulgaria**1616
Burkina Faso**2017
Burundi2118
Cambodia2018
Cameroon1815
Canada1616
Cape Verde1818
Central African Republic1818
Chad1817
Chile1616
China2220
Colombia1412
Comoros1818
Congo Brazzaville2118
Costa Rica1515
Cote D’Ivoire2018
Croatia1818
Cuba1614
Cyprus1616
Czech Republic**1616
Democratic Republic of Congo1815
Denmark1818
Djibouti1818
Dominica1616
Dominican Republic1615
Ecuador**1412
Egypt1818
El Salvador**1414
Equatorial Guinea1818
Eritrea1818
Estonia**1515
Ethiopia1818
Fiji1616
Finland1818
France1818
Gabon1815
Gambia1818
Georgia1616
Germany1616
Ghana1818
Greece1818
Grenada1818
Guatemala1614
Guinea1818
Guyana1616
Haiti1818
Honduras1816
Hungary**1616
Iceland1818
India1821
Indonesia1916
Iran** ^99
Iraq (not including Isis controlled territory)1515
Ireland**1616
Israel and occupied territories**1616
Italy**1616
Jamaica1616
Japan1816
Jordan1515
Kazakhstan1616
Kenya1818
Kiribati1616
Kosovo1616
Kuwait***1715
Kyrgyzstan1616
Laos**1515
Latvia1616
Lebanon1817
Lesotho2121
Liberia1818
Libya2020
Liechtenstein1818
Lithuania**1515
Luxembourg**1616
Macedonia**1616
Madagascar1818
Malawi1818
Malaysia**, ***1816
Maldives***1818
Mali1816
Malta1616
Marshall Islands1816
Mauritania1818
Mexico**1614
Micronesia00
Moldova1816
Monaco1818
Mongolia1818
Montenegro1616
Morocco1818
Mozambique1818
Myanmar2020
Namibia1818
Nauru00
Nepal1818
Netherlands**1616
New Zealand1616
Nicaragua1514
Niger1815
Nigeria*1818
North Korea^1718
Norway1616
Oman**1818
Pakistan1816
Palau00
Panama1614
Papua New Guinea**1614
Paraguay**1414
Peru1616
Philippines1818
Poland1818
Portugal1616
Qatar***1816
Romania1815
Russia &1616
Rwanda**1818
Saint Kitts and Nevis1818
Saint Lucia1616
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1818
Samoa^1818
San Marino**1616
Sao Tome and Principe**1614
Saudi Arabia****1010
Senegal1816
Serbia**1616
Seychelles1815
Sierra Leone1818
Singapore**1818
Slovakia1616
Slovenia1515
Solomon Islands1414
Somalia**1816
South Africa1815
South Korea1816
South Sudan1818
Spain1616
Sri Lanka1816
Sudan****1010
Suriname1715
Swaziland1818
Sweden1818
Switzerland1818
Syria** (not including Isis controlled territory)1513
Taiwan1816
Tajikistan**1717
Tanzania**1414
Thailand1717
The Bahamas1515
Timor-Leste1616
Togo**1616
Tonga1818
Trindad and Tobago***1612
Tunisia1818
Turkey**1616
Turkmenistan1818
Tuvalu1818
Uganda1818
Ukraine**1616
United Arab Emirates1818
United Kingdom1616
United States*,**1412
Uruguay1412
Uzbekistan**1716
Vanuatu1818
Venezuela1614
Vietnam2018
Yemen00
Zambia1816
Zimbabwe1816

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