List of countries by age at first marriage

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This is a list of countries by age at first marriage. This list is current (from the most recent surveys) and does not treat the topic in history.

Because the age distribution of people at first marriage is skewed with a longer tail towards older ages,[1] the majority of people marry before the average age of first marriage. The median age is a more precise representation of when the majority of people marry, however, for most reporting sources, only the average age at marriage is reported.

Africa[edit]

Country Men Women Average Year Source
 Angola 24.7 21.4 23.1 2001 [2]
 Benin[a] 23.8 18.7 21.3 2006 [2]
 Burkina Faso[a] 24.3 17.9 21.1 2010 [2]
 Burundi[a] 23.6 20.3 22 2010 [2]
 Cape Verde[a] 26.2 21.5 23.9 2010 [2]
 Cameroon[a] 25.8 19.0 22.4 2011 [2]
 Central African Republic[a] 23.3 17.4 20.4 1994-1995 [2]
 Chad[a] 22.4 16.0 19.2 2004 [2]
 Comoros[a] 25.6 20.4 23 1996 [2]
 Congo[a] 25.1 21.0 23.1 2009 [2]
 Côte d'Ivoire[a] 26.7 19.5 23.1 2005 [2]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo[a] 24.2 19.0 21.6 2007 [2]
 Eritrea[a] 24.7 17.4 21.1 1995 [2]
 Ethiopia[a] 23.9 17.4 20.7 2011 [2]
 Gabon[a] 24.7 20.4 22.6 2000 [2]
 Ghana[a] 25.7 21.0 23.4 2008 [2]
 Guinea[a] 24.6 16.5 20.6 2005 [2]
 Kenya[a] 24.8 20.2 22.5 2008-2009 [2]
 Lesotho[a] 25.5 20.9 23.2 2009 [2]
 Liberia[a] 23.4 18.9 21.2 2007 [2]
 Madagascar[a] 22.3 18.4 20.4 2008 [2]
 Malawi[a] 22.3 17.9 20.1 2010 [2]
 Mali[a] 24.1 16.7 20.4 2006 [2]
 Mauritania[a] 27.1 19.0 23.1 2000-2001 [2]
 Mauritius 29.8 25.4 27.6 2000 [2]
 Mozambique[a] 21.7 17.5 19.6 2009 [2]
 Namibia[a] 31.7 29.2 30.5 2006-2007 [2]
 Niger[a] 23.1 15.7 19.4 2006 [2]
 Nigeria[a] 26.9 19.3 23.1 2008 [2]
 Rwanda[a] 24.8 20.6 22.7 2010 [2]
 Sao Tome and Principe[a] 23.8 18.8 21.3 2008-2009 [2]
 Senegal[a] 28.9 19.9 24.4 2010-2011 [2]
 Sierra Leone[a] 24.4 17.1 20.8 2008 [2]
 South Africa[b] 32.0 29.0 30.5 2008 [2]
 Uganda[a] 22.4 18.2 20.3 2011 [2]
 Tanzania[a] 23.8 18.9 21.4 2010 [2]
 Zambia[a] 23.7 18.7 21.2 2007 [2]
 Zimbabwe[a] 24.6 19.9 22.3 2010-2011 [2]

Americas[edit]

Country Men Women Average Year Source
 Brazil 28 26 27 2006 [3]
 Canada 31.1 29.1 30.1 2008 [4]
 Chile 35.39 32.65 34.02 2013 [5]
 Mexico 29 26 29 2011 [6]
 United States 29 27 28 2013 [7]

Asia[edit]

Country Men Women Average Year Source
 Armenia 28.4 24.6 2010 [2]
 Bangladesh[a] 23.8 16.0 2011 [2]
 Cambodia[a] 23.4 21.0 2010 [2]
 China 25.86 23.89 24.85 2010 [8]
 Hong Kong 31.2 28.9 30 2011 [9]
 India 28 22.2 24.1 2011 [10]
 Indonesia 25.7 22.3 24 2010 [11]
 Iran 27.4 22.1 24.8 2013 [12]
 Israel 31.5 28.4 2010 [2]
 Japan 30.9 29.3 29.7 2013 [13]
 Kazakhstan[a] 26.9 24.3 2010 [2]
 Kyrgyzstan 26.9 23.5 2010 [2]
 Lebanon 32.8 28.8 30.8 2006 [14]
 Malaysia 28 25.7 26.9 2010 [15]
 Maldives[a] 24.1 21.6 2009 [2]
 Mongolia 26.2 24.2 25.2 2010 [16]
 Myanmar[a] 24.0 20.5 2007 [2]
   Nepal[a] 22.1 17.9 2011 [2]
 Pakistan[a] 21.8 20.3 2006-2007 [2]
 Palestine[c] 25.4 20.1 2010 [2]
 Philippines 28 25.3 26.7 2011 [17]
 Singapore 30.1 27.9 29.0 2014 [18]
 South Korea 32.4 29.8 31.1 2014 [19]
 Taiwan 32.0 29.7 30.8 2014 [20]
 Tajikistan 26.3 22.5 24.4 2010 [2]
 Timor-Leste[a] 25.0 20.6 2009-2010 [2]
 Turkmenistan 24.6 23.3 2006 [2]
 Uzbekistan 25.2 22.4 23.8 2006 [21]
 Vietnam 26.2 22.8 24.5 2009 [22]

Europe[edit]

Average age at first marriage. Darker is younger
Country Men Women Year Source
 Albania 30.5 24.9 2013 [21]
 Austria 32.2 29.8 2012 [21]
 Azerbaijan 27.7 23.7 2013 [21]
 Armenia 29.1 25.8 2013 [21]
 Belarus 27.1 25 2013 [21]
 Belgium 32 29.6 2012 [21]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29.6 26.4 2013 [21]
 Bulgaria 30.3 26.9 2014 [23]
 Croatia 30.6 28.1 2014 [23]
 Czech Republic 31.4 28.7 2014 [23]
 Cyprus 30.9 29 2012 [21]
 Denmark 34.4 31.9 2014 [23]
 Estonia 31.6 29 2014 [23]
 Finland 32.9 30.6 2014 [23]
 France 33 30.8 2011 [24]
 Georgia 30.1 26.9 2013 [21]
 Germany 33.4 30.9 2014 [23]
 Greece 33 29.9 2014 [23]
 Hungary 32.1 29.3 2014 [23]
 Iceland 34.6 32.7 2011 [21]
 Ireland 33.2 31.6 2011 [21]
 Italy 34.2 31.3 2014 [23]
 Latvia 30.6 28.2 2014 [23]
 Lithuania 29.7 27.3 2014 [23]
 Luxembourg 33 30.9 2014 [23]
 Macedonia 28.6 25.8 2013 [21]
 Malta 31.6 29.2 2011 [23]
 Moldova 26 24 2013 [21]
 Montenegro 32.7 28.6 2014 [23]
 Netherlands 33 30.4 2014 [23]
 Norway 34.4 31.6 2014 [23]
 Poland 29.1 26.7 2014 [23]
 Portugal 31.5 29.8 2014 [23]
 Romania 30.2 26.7 2014 [23]
 Russia 27.4 24.9 2011 [25]
 Serbia 31 28.1 2014 [23]
 Slovakia 30.8 28.1 2014 [23]
 Slovenia 32.2 29.7 2014 [23]
 Spain 34.5 32.3 2014 [23]
 Sweden 35.8 33.3 2014 [23]
  Switzerland 32.5 30.1 2014 [23]
 Turkey 27.4 24.3 2014 [23]
 Ukraine 27 25 2013 [21]
 United Kingdom 33.1 30 2010 [21]

Oceania[edit]

Note: the reported age for these countries is the median, not the mean (average). All countries in italics have their data in the mean and not the median.

Country Men Women Median Year Source
 Australia 31.5 29.6 30.6 2014 [26]
 Fiji 26 2006 [27]
 Kiribati 23.6[d] 20.1[e] 21.9 2009 [28]
 Marshall Islands 25.7 24.2 24.9 2011 [29]
 Micronesia 27.5 25.5 26.5 2010 [30]
 Nauru[f] 21.2 22.8 22 2007 [31]
 New Zealand 30.1 28.6 29.4 2013 [32]
 Solomon Islands[f] 25.6 20.3 23 2007 [33]
 Tonga[e] 25 23.6 24.3 2012 [34]
 Tuvalu[f] 27.2 22.1 24.7 2007 [35]
 Vanuatu 24.4[d] 20.8[e] 22.6 2013 [36]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Those surveyed were aged 25-29
  2. ^ Median ages are rounded
  3. ^ West Bank only
  4. ^ a b Those surveyed were aged 25+
  5. ^ a b c Those surveyed were aged 25-49
  6. ^ a b c Those surveyed were aged 20-49

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Fertility Report 2012 (Report). United Nations publication. p. Table A.1. 
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  8. ^ 2010 Population Censorship (Table 5-4, Chapter 5, Part 1 ) http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/pcsj/rkpc/6rp/indexch.htm (Retrieved 27 February 2016)
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  13. ^ Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan. "Statistical Handbook of Japan 2014" (PDF). pp. 18, Table 2.8 "Mean Age of First Marriage". Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Lebanese Women: A Diminishing Marriage Market - AUB Press Release http://staff.aub.edu.lb/~webbultn/v8n2/article21.htm
  15. ^ Department of Statistics, Malaysia [1]. Accessed 8 November 2011.
  16. ^ Date: (2011-06-13). "Mongolia National Census 2010 Preliminary Results" (PDF). National Statistical Office of Mongolia. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  17. ^ (Released: 27 March 2013) http://www.census.gov.ph/content/marriage-philippines-2011
  18. ^ Median age at first marriage for citizens, Department of Statistics, Singapore [2]. Page 21, Accessed 7 February 2016.
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  20. ^ LibertyTimes
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  26. ^ http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3310.0
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  28. ^ Kiribati Demographic and Health Survey 2009 (Report). Kiribati National Statistics Office, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. 2010. p. 93. ISBN 978-982-00-0451-1. 
  29. ^ Republic of the Marshall Islands 2011 Census report (PDF) (Report). Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the SPC Statistics for Development Programme. 2012. p. 37. ISBN 978-982-00-0564-8. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  30. ^ Summary Analysis of Key Indicators from the FSM 2010 Census of Population and Housing (PDF) (Report). FSM Office of Statistics, Budget, Overseas Development Assistance and Compact. 2010. p. 8. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  31. ^ Republic of Nauru Demographic and Health Survey 2007 (Report). The Nauru Bureau of Statistics, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and Macro International Inc. 2009. p. 77. ISBN 978-982-00-0333-0. 
  32. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/10175961/New-Zealand-a-marital-wasteland
  33. ^ Solomon Islands Demographic and Health Survey 2006-2007 (PDF) (Report). Secretariat of the Pacific Community Noumea, New Caledonia. May 2009. p. 100. ISBN 978-982-00-0361-3. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  34. ^ Tonga Demographic and Health Survey 2012 (PDF) (Report). Tonga Ministry of Health, Tonga Department of Statistics, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and United Nations Population Fund. 2014. p. 80. ISBN 978-982-00-0661. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  35. ^ Tuvalu Demographic and Health Survey 2007 (PDF) (Report). Central Statistics Division, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and Macro International Inc. October 2009. p. 82. ISBN 978-982-00-0382-8. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  36. ^ Vanuatu Demographic and Health Survey 2013 (PDF) (Report). Vanuatu Ministry of Health, Vanuatu National Statistics Office, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. 2014. p. xxiii. ISBN 978-982-00-0861-8. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 

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