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Age at First Marriage by Country 2024

People are marrying later in life around the world, but the age at first marriage by country varies from as young as 19 to as old as 33. The average age at first marriage differs due to cultural norms and traditions, career and education goals, family readiness, shifting demographics, and more.

Below, we explore the average age at first marriage by country in 2023 along with examples of average marriage age in previous years to see the overall trend among couples worldwide.

Age at First Marriage by Country

The data below comes from WorldPopulationReview.org and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe data. The average age at first marriage by country 2023 utilizes the most recent data available, with some as recent as this year and some going back to the last available information from 2015.

Country
Age at First Marriage (Female)
Slovenia34
French Polynesia33.8
Estonia33.6
Hungary32.9
Greenland32.9
New Caledonia32.8
Lithuania32.7
Bulgaria32.6
Netherlands32.4
Czech Republic32.4

The youngest age at first marriage by country comes from Chad in Central Africa. With couples usually marrying around age 19 (19.2) here, it stands apart from many other nations around the world where the average marriage age is creeping higher.

In many nations, we see a trend of people waiting longer until they marry. Countries like Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Croatia, the average marriage age is over 30.

In countries where the age of the first marriage isn't yet 30, it seems to be quickly approaching that number. The United States, North Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and Montenegro, the age at first marriage is around 26-29.

With people marrying later in life overall, we are beginning to see a trend in midlife marriage (first marriage) between ages 40-59, which quadrupled between 1990 and 2019 in the United States alone.

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Country
Age at First Marriage (Female)
Age at First Marriage (Male)
Slovenia3435.6
French Polynesia33.835.8
Estonia33.636.3
Hungary32.935
Greenland32.934.7
New Caledonia32.834.3
Lithuania32.735.3
Bulgaria32.635.7
Netherlands32.434.3
Czech Republic32.434.8
Ireland32.433.4
Iceland32.433.7
Italy32.235.3
Norway32.134.1
France3233.7
Denmark31.933.6
Bermuda31.932.5
Germany31.733.9
South Korea31.533.9
San Marino31.334
Sweden3133.2
Slovakia3133.6
Faroe Islands3134.1
Switzerland30.933.1
United States Virgin Islands30.932.5
Finland30.732.6
Luxembourg30.732.5
Isle of Man30.732.8
Latvia30.433.1
Namibia30.334.3
Macau30.332.7
Portugal30.132.2
Australia29.931.2
Hong Kong29.932.1
Djibouti29.933
Liechtenstein29.932.4
Suriname29.332.8
Japan29.230.5
Greece29.232.8
Puerto Rico29.230.8
Trinidad and Tobago29.231.8
Gibraltar29.131.8
Aruba28.531.2
Palau28.529.1
Algeria28.232.4
Tunisia28.232.9
Northern Mariana Islands28.130.1
Malta2830.3
Cayman Islands2829.9
Sint Maarten2832.3
Singapore27.930.4
Bahamas27.930.6
Spain27.730.3
United States27.529.2
Chile27.429.3
Croatia27.430.2
South Africa27.230.7
Canada27.228.7
Austria27.129.8
United Kingdom2728.7
Bahrain26.9N/A
Poland26.628.7
Saudi Arabia26.630
Serbia26.630.4
Eswatini26.5N/A
Costa Rica26.429.2
Cyprus26.429.3
Belgium26.328.6
Montenegro26.329.7
Israel26.229.2
Brunei26.129.3
Romania25.929.4
Malaysia25.728
Kuwait25.727.8
Bosnia and Herzegovina25.729.4
Oman25.627.7
North Macedonia25.5N/A
China25.427.1
Jamaica25.3N/A
Micronesia25.3N/A
Tonga25.327.4
Moldova2528.7
Haiti24.928.7
Argentina24.626.6
Jordan24.630.9
Russia24.427
Morocco24.431.3
Rwanda24.327
Azerbaijan24.228.1
Albania24.230.8
Armenia24.228.5
Marshall Islands24.225.7
Guinea Bissau24.130.3
Bolivia2426.6
Brazil23.926.8
Sri Lanka23.927.2
Mauritius23.929.2
Bhutan23.826.4
Samoa23.827.3
Ghana23.727.8
Turkmenistan23.5N/A
Philippines23.427.1
Turkey23.427.9
Peru23.327.5
Pakistan23.226.9
Mexico23.225.9
Iran23.127.5
Sierra Leone23.127.9
Ukraine23N/A
Ivory Coast2329.2
Mongolia2325.1
Uruguay2326.5
Timor Leste2327.9
Myanmar22.925.4
Venezuela22.925.8
Botswana22.929.8
Gabon22.927.8
Vietnam22.826.9
Yemen22.826.1
Burundi22.826.1
Georgia22.827.4
Colombia22.726.2
Iraq22.726.2
Guatemala22.725
El Salvador22.6N/A
Liberia22.626.4
Comoros22.625.5
Thailand22.528.5
Belarus22.524.8
Maldives22.525.5
Indonesia22.427.1
Kazakhstan22.426.3
Solomon Islands22.426.4
Egypt22.328.1
Cameroon22.228.5
Senegal22.230.6
Lesotho22.228
Cuba22.125.1
Palestine22.126.5
Kenya21.926.3
Sudan21.928.9
Paraguay21.9N/A
Republic of the Congo21.927.5
Saint Lucia21.9N/A
Zambia21.825.9
Ecuador21.825
Mauritania21.829.2
Cambodia21.624.5
Kiribati21.624.1
Afghanistan21.524.7
Angola21.525.8
Dominican Republic21.524.8
Gambia21.529.7
India21.426
Papua New Guinea21.426.2
Ethiopia21.325.8
Togo21.327.6
Nigeria21.228.6
Honduras21.224.1
Kyrgyzstan21.225.5
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines21.227.8
Zimbabwe21.126
Nicaragua21.1N/A
Tanzania2125.2
Panama2125.3
Sao Tome and Principe21N/A
DR Congo20.925.5
Uganda20.724.3
Benin20.725.7
Tajikistan20.724.2
Laos20.724.6
Equatorial Guinea20.526.1
Belize20.522.5
Malawi20.424.5
Nepal20.123.6
Burkina Faso2026.4
Guinea19.828
Guyana19.221.3
Bangladesh18.825.2
Mali18.825.8
Chad18.824.7
Mozambique18.723.4
South Sudan18.425.6
Central African Republic17.321.7
Niger17.224
Barbados1734.5
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What country has the earliest marriage age?

The country of Chad has the lowest average first marriage age. Couples who are marrying in Chad are typically around 19.2 years of age.

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