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Legal age of consent

Updated: Sep 12

The age of consent is understood as the age at which an individual is legally capable of giving consent to sexual activity. The list below presents the age of consent in different countries. This information is useful in building cases centered on the lack of consent to sexual activity where age becomes the basis of a power differential.


Afghanistan - Must be married Albania - 14 years Algeria - 16 years American Samoa - 16 years Andorra - 16 years Angola - 12 years Antigua and Barbuda - 16 years Argentina - 18 years Armenia - 16 years Aruba - 15 years Australia - 16 years Austria - 14 years Azerbaijan - 16 years Bahamas - 16 years Bahrain - 21 years Bangladesh - 14 years Barbados - 16 years Belarus - 16 years Belgium - 16 years Belize - 16 years Benin - 18 years Bhutan - 18 years Bolivia - 14 years Bosnia and Heregovina - 14 years Botswana - 16 years Brazil - 14 years Brunei - 16 years Bulgaria - 14 years Burkina Faso - 13 years Burundi - 18 years Cambodia - 15 years Cameroon - 16 years Canada - 16 years Cape Verde - 14 years Caribbean Netherlands - 16 years Central African Verde - 18 years Chad - 14 years Chile - 18 years China - 14 years Colombia - 14 years Comoros - 13 years Cook Islands - 16 years Costa Rica - 15 years Croatia - 15 years Cuba - 16 years Cyprus - 17 years Czech Republic - 15 years Democratic Republic of the Congo - 14 years Denmark - 15 years Djibouti - 18 years Dominica - 16 years Dominican Republic - 18 years East Timor - 14 years Ecuador - 14 years Egypt - 18 years El Salvador - 18 years Equatorial Guinea - 18 years Eritrea - 18 years Estonia - 14 years Ethiopia - 18 years Federated States of Micronesia - 14 years Fiji - 16 years Finland - 16 years France - 15 years Gabon - 18 years Gambia - 18 years Georgia - 16 years Germany - 14 years Ghana - 16 years Greece - 15 years Grenada - 16 years Guam - 16 years Guatemala - 18 years Guinea - 15 years Guinea Bissau - 16 years Haiti - 18 years Honduras - 15 years Hungary - 14 years Iceland - 15 years India - 18 years Indonesia - 16 years Iran - Must be married Iraq - 18 years Ireland - 17 years Israel - 16 years Italy - 14 years Ivory Coast - 18 years Jamaica - 16 years Japan - 13 years Jordan - 16 years Kazakhstan - 16 years Kenya - 18 years Kiribati - 15 years Kuwait - Must be married Kyrgyzstan - 16 years Laos - 15 years Latvia - 16 years Lebanon - 18 years Lesotho - 16 years Liberia - 18 years Libya - Must be married Liechtenstein - 14 years Lithuania - 16 years Luxembourg - 16 years Macedonia - 14 years Madagascar - 14 years Malawi - 14 years Malaysia - 16 years Maldives - Must be married Mali - 18 years Malta - 18 years Marshall Islands - 16 years Mauritania - 16 years Mauritius - 14 years Mexico - 17 years Moldova - 16 years Monaco - 15 years Mongolia - 16 years Montenegro - 14 years Myanmar - 14 years Namibia - 16 years Nauru - 17 years Nepal - 16 years Netherlands - 16 years New Zealand - 16 years Nicaragua - 18 years Niger - 13 years Nigeria - 11 years Niue - 19 years North Korea - 15 years Northern Cyprus - 16 years Northern Mariana Islands - 18 years Norway - 16 years Oman - Must be married Pakistan - Must be married Palau - 16 years Palestine Gaza Strip - Must be married Panama - 18 years Papua New Guinea - 16 years Paraguay - 14 years Peru - 14 years Philippines - 12 years Poland - 15 years Portugal - 14 years Qatar - Must be married Republic of the Congo - 18 years Romania - 15 years Russia - 16 years Rwanda - 18 years Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - 13 years Saint Kitts and Nevis - 16 years Saint Lucia - 16 years Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 15 years Samoa - 16 years San Marino - 14 years Sao Tome and Principe - 14 years Saudi Arabia - Must be married Senegal - 16 years Serbia - 14 years Seychelles - 18 years Sierra Leone - 18 years Singapore - 16 years Slovak Republic - 15 years Slovenia - 15 years Solomon Islands - 15 years Somalia - 18 years South Africa - 16 years South Korea - 20 years South Sudan - 18 years Spain - 16 years Sri Lanka - 16 years Sudan - Must be married Suriname - 16 years Swaziland - 16 years Sweden - 15 years Switzerland - 16 years Syria - 15 years Taiwan - 16 years Tajikistan - 16 years Tanzania - 18 years Thailand - 15 years Togo - 16 years Tonga - 16 years Trinidad and Tobago - 16 years Tunisia - 18 years Turkey - 18 years Turkmenistan - 16 years Uganda - 18 years Ukraine - 16 years United Arab Emirates - Must be married United Kingdom - 16 years United States - 16 years Uruguay - 15 years Uzbekistan - 16 years Vanuatu - 16 years Vatican City - 18 years Venezuela - 16 years Vietnam - 18 years Yemen - Must be married Zambia - 16 years Zimbabwe - 16 years





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