Age of Consent by Country 2018

Age of consent laws vary considerably around the world, although a majority of countries require young people to be over the age of 14 before having sex. Of the countries with lower age of consent laws, Nigeria has the lowest at just 11. This is followed by Angola and the Philippines at 12, and several other countries, including South Korea and Japan at 13 (although Japan has notoriously consent laws that vary in different parts of the country).

Additionally, a number of countries in Asia and Africa require individuals to be married before they can legally have sex. These include Libya, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, all of which are known to be highly conservative on issues around gender and sexuality. Perhaps surprisingly, the country with the oldest age of consent, at 21, is Portugal in Western Europe (Bahrain's age of consent is also 21). And while most European countries have 16-17 as the age of consent, several other European countries, including Malta and Vatican City, also have higher than average consent laws, requiring young people to be at least 18 before legally having sex. Austria has Europe's lowest age of consent at 14 years old.

In North America, Aruba has the lowest age of consent at 15 years old, while in South America, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador all have 14 as the age of consent. In the United States, the age of consent is 16 years old – this is shared by Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. At 18, Chile, Argentina, and a number of other countries have the highest age of consents in the Americas.

Name Region GDP Per Capita
KazakhstanEurope16
United Arab EmiratesAsiaMust be married
Saudi ArabiaAsiaMust be married
QatarAsiaMust be married
PakistanAsiaMust be married
OmanAsiaMust be married
MaldivesAsiaMust be married
KuwaitAsiaMust be married
IranAsiaMust be married
Gaza StripAsiaMust be married
AfghanistanAsiaMust be married
SudanAfricaMust be married
LibyaAfricaMust be married
PortugalEurope21
BahrainAsia21
NiueOceania19
ChileSouth America18
ArgentinaSouth America18
Northern Mariana IslandsOceania18
PanamaNorth America18
NicaraguaNorth America18
HaitiNorth America18
GuatemalaNorth America18
El SalvadorNorth America18
Dominican RepublicNorth America18
Vatican CityEurope18
TurkeyEurope18
MaltaEurope18
VietnamAsia18
LebanonAsia18
IraqAsia18
IndiaAsia18
BhutanAsia18
UgandaAfrica18
TunisiaAfrica18
TanzaniaAfrica18
South SudanAfrica18
SomaliaAfrica18
Sierra LeoneAfrica18
SeychellesAfrica18
RwandaAfrica18
Republic of the CongoAfrica18
MaliAfrica18
LiberiaAfrica18
KenyaAfrica18
Ivory CoastAfrica18
GambiaAfrica18
GabonAfrica18
EthiopiaAfrica18
EritreaAfrica18
Equatorial GuineaAfrica18
EgyptAfrica18
DjiboutiAfrica18
Central African RepublicAfrica18
BurundiAfrica18
BeninAfrica18
NauruOceania17
MexicoNorth America17
IrelandEurope17
CyprusEurope17
VenezuelaSouth America16
SurinameSouth America16
VanuatuOceania16
TongaOceania16
SamoaOceania16
Papua New GuineaOceania16
PalauOceania16
New ZealandOceania16
Marshall IslandsOceania16
GuamOceania16
FijiOceania16
Cook IslandsOceania16
AustraliaOceania16
American SamoaOceania16
United StatesNorth America16
Trinidad and TobagoNorth America16
Saint LuciaNorth America16
Saint Kitts and NevisNorth America16
JamaicaNorth America16
GrenadaNorth America16
DominicaNorth America16
CubaNorth America16
Caribbean NetherlandsNorth America16
CanadaNorth America16
BelizeNorth America16
BarbadosNorth America16
BahamasNorth America16
Antigua and BarbudaNorth America16
United KingdomEurope16
UkraineEurope16
SwitzerlandEurope16
SpainEurope16
RussiaEurope16
NorwayEurope16
Northern CyprusEurope16
NetherlandsEurope16
MoldovaEurope16
LuxembourgEurope16
LithuaniaEurope16
LatviaEurope16
AngolaAfrica12
GeorgiaEurope16
FinlandEurope16
BelgiumEurope16
BelarusEurope16
AzerbaijanEurope16
ArmeniaEurope16
AndorraEurope16
UzbekistanAsia16
TurkmenistanAsia16
TajikistanAsia16
TaiwanAsia16
Sri LankaAsia16
SingaporeAsia16
NepalAsia16
MongoliaAsia16
MalaysiaAsia16
KyrgyzstanAsia16
JordanAsia16
IsraelAsia16
IndonesiaAsia16
BruneiAsia16
ZimbabweAfrica16
ZambiaAfrica16
TogoAfrica16
SwazilandAfrica16
South AfricaAfrica16
SenegalAfrica16
NamibiaAfrica16
MauritaniaAfrica16
LesothoAfrica16
Guinea BissauAfrica16
GhanaAfrica16
CameroonAfrica16
BotswanaAfrica16
AlgeriaAfrica16
UruguaySouth America15
Solomon IslandsOceania15
KiribatiOceania15
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth America15
HondurasNorth America15
Costa RicaNorth America15
ArubaNorth America15
SwedenEurope15
SloveniaEurope15
Slovak RepublicEurope15
RomaniaEurope15
PolandEurope15
MonacoEurope15
IcelandEurope15
GreeceEurope15
FranceEurope15
DenmarkEurope15
Czech RepublicEurope15
CroatiaEurope15
ThailandAsia15
SyriaAsia15
North KoreaAsia15
LaosAsia15
CambodiaAsia15
GuineaAfrica15
PeruSouth America14
ParaguaySouth America14
EcuadorSouth America14
ColombiaSouth America14
BrazilSouth America14
BoliviaSouth America14
Federated States of MicronesiaOceania14
SerbiaEurope14
San MarinoEurope14
MontenegroEurope14
MacedoniaEurope14
LiechtensteinEurope14
ItalyEurope14
HungaryEurope14
GermanyEurope14
EstoniaEurope14
BulgariaEurope14
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEurope14
AustriaEurope14
AlbaniaEurope14
MyanmarAsia14
East TimorAsia14
ChinaAsia14
BangladeshAsia14
Sao Tome and PrincipeAfrica14
MauritiusAfrica14
MalawiAfrica14
MadagascarAfrica14
Democratic Republic of the CongoAfrica14
ChadAfrica14
Cape VerdeAfrica14
South KoreaAsia13
JapanAsia13
Sahrawi Arab Democratic RepublicAfrica13
NigerAfrica13
ComorosAfrica13
Burkina FasoAfrica13
PhilippinesAsia12
YemenAsiaMust be married
NigeriaAfrica11