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

Afghanistan 18 16
Albania 18 18
Algeria 19 19
Andorra** 14 14
Angola 16 15
Antigua and Barbuda 15 15
Argentina 18 18
Armenia 16 16
Australia 16 16
Austria 16 16
Azerbajian 18 17
Bahrain 18 15
Bangladesh 21 18
Barbados 18 18
Belarus 16 14
Belgium** 18 18
Belize 16 16
Benin 18 18
Bhutan 18 18
Bolivia 16 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16 16
Botswana 18 18
Brazil 16 16
Brunei 13 13
Bulgaria** 16 16
Burkina Faso** 20 17
Burundi 21 18
Cambodia 20 18
Cameroon 18 15
Canada 16 16
Cape Verde 18 18
Central African Republic 18 18
Chad 18 17
Chile 16 16
China 22 20
Colombia 14 12
Comoros 18 18
Congo Brazzaville 21 18
Costa Rica 15 15
Cote D’Ivoire 20 18
Croatia 18 18
Cuba 16 14
Cyprus 16 16
Czech Republic** 16 16
Democratic Republic of Congo 18 15
Denmark 18 18
Djibouti 18 18
Dominica 16 16
Dominican Republic 16 15
Ecuador** 14 12
Egypt 18 18
El Salvador** 14 14
Equatorial Guinea 18 18
Eritrea 18 18
Estonia** 15 15
Ethiopia 18 18
Fiji 16 16
Finland 18 18
France 18 18
Gabon 18 15
Gambia 18 18
Georgia 16 16
Germany 16 16
Ghana 18 18
Greece 18 18
Grenada 18 18
Guatemala 16 14
Guinea 18 18
Guyana 16 16
Haiti 18 18
Honduras 18 16
Hungary** 16 16
Iceland 18 18
India 18 21
Indonesia 19 16
Iran** ^ 9 9
Iraq (not including Isis controlled territory) 15 15
Ireland** 16 16
Israel and occupied territories** 16 16
Italy** 16 16
Jamaica 16 16
Japan 18 16
Jordan 15 15
Kazakhstan 16 16
Kenya 18 18
Kiribati 16 16
Kosovo 16 16
Kuwait*** 17 15
Kyrgyzstan 16 16
Laos** 15 15
Latvia 16 16
Lebanon 18 17
Lesotho 21 21
Liberia 18 18
Libya 20 20
Liechtenstein 18 18
Lithuania** 15 15
Luxembourg** 16 16
Macedonia** 16 16
Madagascar 18 18
Malawi 18 18
Malaysia**, *** 18 16
Maldives*** 18 18
Mali 18 16
Malta 16 16
Marshall Islands 18 16
Mauritania 18 18
Mexico** 16 14
Micronesia 0 0
Moldova 18 16
Monaco 18 18
Mongolia 18 18
Montenegro 16 16
Morocco 18 18
Mozambique 18 18
Myanmar 20 20
Namibia 18 18
Nauru 0 0
Nepal 18 18
Netherlands** 16 16
New Zealand 16 16
Nicaragua 15 14
Niger 18 15
Nigeria* 18 18
North Korea^ 17 18
Norway 16 16
Oman** 18 18
Pakistan 18 16
Palau 0 0
Panama 16 14
Papua New Guinea** 16 14
Paraguay** 14 14
Peru 16 16
Philippines 18 18
Poland 18 18
Portugal 16 16
Qatar*** 18 16
Romania 18 15
Russia & 16 16
Rwanda** 18 18
Saint Kitts and Nevis 18 18
Saint Lucia 16 16
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 18 18
Samoa^ 18 18
San Marino** 16 16
Sao Tome and Principe** 16 14
Saudi Arabia**** 10 10
Senegal 18 16
Serbia** 16 16
Seychelles 18 15
Sierra Leone 18 18
Singapore** 18 18
Slovakia 16 16
Slovenia 15 15
Solomon Islands 14 14
Somalia** 18 16
South Africa 18 15
South Korea 18 16
South Sudan 18 18
Spain 16 16
Sri Lanka 18 16
Sudan**** 10 10
Suriname 17 15
Swaziland 18 18
Sweden 18 18
Switzerland 18 18
Syria** (not including Isis controlled territory) 15 13
Taiwan 18 16
Tajikistan** 17 17
Tanzania** 14 14
Thailand 17 17
The Bahamas 15 15
Timor-Leste 16 16
Togo** 16 16
Tonga 18 18
Trindad and Tobago*** 16 12
Tunisia 18 18
Turkey** 16 16
Turkmenistan 18 18
Tuvalu 18 18
Uganda 18 18
Ukraine** 16 16
United Arab Emirates 18 18
United Kingdom 16 16
United States*,** 14 12
Uruguay 14 12
Uzbekistan** 17 16
Vanuatu 18 18
Venezuela 16 14
Vietnam 20 18
Yemen 0 0
Zambia 18 16
Zimbabwe 18 16

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