List of countries by age at first marriage

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This is a list of countries by age at first marriage. Definition of marriage is the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in most jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman). Marriage is a legally recognized union between two partners in a relationship. The average age to first get married varies from one country to another and is affected by several factors such as financial stability, career, academic pursuit, and family background.[1] This list is current from contemporary surveys and does not treat the topic in history. Currency of information varies by country.

Africa[edit]

Country Men Women Average Age Gap Age Ratio Year Source
 Algeria 33.5 27.8 30.7 5.7 1.21 2006 [2]
 Angola 24.7 21.4 23.1 3.3 1.15 2001 [3]
 Benin[a] 23.8 18.7 21.3 5.1 1.27 2006 [3]
 Burkina Faso[a] 24.3 17.9 21.1 6.4 1.36 2010 [3]
 Burundi[a] 23.6 20.3 22 3.3 1.16 2010 [3]
 Cape Verde[a] 26.2 21.5 23.9 4.7 1.22 2010 [3]
 Cameroon[a] 25.8 19.0 22.4 6.8 1.36 2011 [3]
 Central African Republic[a] 23.3 17.4 20.4 5.9 1.34 1994-1995 [3]
 Chad[a] 22.4 16.0 19.2 6.4 1.4 2004 [3]
 Comoros[a] 25.6 20.4 23 5.2 1.25 1996 [3]
 Congo[a] 25.1 21.0 23.1 4.1 1.2 2009 [3]
 Ivory Coast[a] 26.7 19.5 23.1 7.2 1.37 2005 [3]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo[a] 24.2 19.0 21.6 5.2 1.27 2007 [3]
 Egypt 33.6 27.9 30.8 5.7 1.2 1996 [4]
 Eritrea[a] 24.7 17.4 21.1 7.3 1.42 1995 [3]
 Ethiopia[a] 23.9 17.4 20.7 6.5 1.37 2011 [3]
 Gabon[a] 24.7 20.4 22.6 4.3 1.21 2000 [3]
 Ghana[a] 25.7 21.0 23.4 4.7 1.22 2008 [3]
 Guinea[a] 24.6 16.5 20.6 8.1 1.49 2005 [3]
 Kenya[a] 24.8 20.2 22.5 4.6 1.23 2008-2009 [3]
 Lesotho[a] 25.5 20.9 23.2 4.6 1.22 2009 [3]
 Liberia[a] 23.4 18.9 21.2 4.5 1.24 2007 [3]
 Libya 32.0 29.2 30.6 2.8 1.1 1995 [4]
 Madagascar[a] 22.3 18.4 20.4 3.9 1.21 2008 [3]
 Malawi[a] 22.3 17.9 20.1 4.4 1.25 2010 [3]
 Mali[a] 24.1 16.7 20.4 7.4 1.44 2006 [3]
 Mauritania[a] 27.1 19.0 23.1 8.1 1.43 2000-2001 [3]
 Mauritius 29.8 25.4 27.6 4.4 1.17 2000 [3]
 Morocco 34.3 29.8 32.1 4.5 1.15 1994 [4]
 Mozambique[a] 21.7 17.5 19.6 4.2 1.24 2009 [3]
 Namibia[a] 31.7 29.2 30.5 2.5 1.09 2006-2007 [3]
 Niger[a] 23.1 15.7 19.4 7.4 1.47 2006 [3]
 Nigeria[a] 26.9 19.3 23.1 7.6 1.39 2008 [3]
 Rwanda[a] 24.8 20.6 22.7 4.2 1.2 2010 [3]
 São Tomé and Príncipe[a] 23.8 18.8 21.3 5 1.27 2008-2009 [3]
 Senegal[a] 28.9 19.9 24.4 9 1.45 2010-2011 [3]
 Sierra Leone[a] 24.4 17.1 20.8 7.3 1.43 2008 [3]
 South Africa[b] (more info) 32.0 29.0 30.5 3 1.1 2008 [3]
 Sudan 29.1 22.7 25.9 6.4 1.28 1993 [4]
 Uganda[a] 22.4 18.2 20.3 4.2 1.23 2011 [3]
 Tanzania[a] 23.8 18.9 21.4 4.9 1.26 2010 [3]
 Zambia[a] 23.7 18.7 21.2 5 1.27 2007 [3]
 Zimbabwe[a] 24.6 19.9 22.3 4.7 1.24 2010-2011 [3]

Americas (incomplete)[edit]

Country Men Women Average Age Gap Age Ratio Year Source
 Brazil 33.0 30 31.5 3 1.1 2014 [5]
 Canada (more info) 31.0 29.6 30.3 1.4 1.05 2008 [6]
 Chile 35.3 32.6 34 2.7 1.08 2013 [7]
 Mexico 29 26 27.5 3 1.12 2011 [8]
 United States (more info) 29.2 27.1 28.2 2.1 1.08 2015 [9]

Asia[edit]

Country Men Women Average Age Gap Age Ratio Year Source
 Armenia 29.4 26.3 27.9 3.1 1.12 2014 [3]
 Bangladesh[a] (more info) 23.8 16.0 19.9 7.8 1.49 2011 [3]
 Cambodia[a] (more info) 23.4 21.0 22.2 2.4 1.11 2010 [3]
 China (more info) 27.1 24.9 26 2.2 1.09 2017 [10]
 Hong Kong 31.2 28.9 30.1 2.3 1.08 2011 [11]
 India (more info) 26.0 22.2 24.1 3.8 1.17 2011 [12]
 Indonesia 25.7 22.3 24 3.4 1.15 2010 [13]
 Iran (more info) 27.4 23.8 25.6 3.6 1.15 2015 [14]
 Iraq 26.2 21.9 24.1 4.3 1.2 2016
 Israel (more info) 31.5 28.4 30 3.1 1.11 2010 [3]
 Japan (more info) 30.9 29.3 30.1 1.6 1.05 2013 [15]
 Jordan 28.7 23.8 26.3 4.9 1.21 2010 [16]
 Kazakhstan[a] 26.9 24.3 25.6 2.6 1.11 2010 [3]
 Kyrgyzstan 26.9 23.5 25.2 3.4 1.14 2010 [3]
 Lebanon 32.8 28.8 30.8 4 1.14 2006 [17]
 Malaysia 28 25.7 26.9 2.3 1.09 2010 [18]
 Maldives[a] 24.1 21.6 22.9 2.5 1.12 2009 [3]
 Mongolia[a] 26.2 24.2 25.2 2 1.08 2010 [19]
 Myanmar[a] (more info) 24.0 20.5 22.3 3.5 1.17 2007 [3]
   Nepal[a] 22.1 17.9 20 4.2 1.23 2011 [3]
 Pakistan[a] (more info) 21.8 20.3 21.1 1.5 1.07 2006-2007 [3]
 Palestine[c] 25.4 20.1 22.8 5.3 1.26 2010 [3]
 Philippines (more info) 28.0 25.3 26.7 2.7 1.11 2011 [20]
 Singapore (more info) 30.1 27.9 29 2.2 1.08 2014 [21]
 South Korea (more info) 33.2 30.4 31.8 2.8 1.09 2018 [22]
 Taiwan 32.0 29.7 30.9 2.3 1.08 2014 [23]
 Tajikistan 26.3 22.5 24.4 3.8 1.17 2010 [3]
 Thailand[a] 24.4 21.0 22.7 3.4 1.16 2010 [3]
 East Timor[a] 25.0 20.6 22.8 4.4 1.21 2009-2010 [3]
 Turkmenistan 24.6 23.3 24 1.3 1.06 2006 [3]
 Uzbekistan 25.2 22.4 23.8 2.8 1.13 2006 [24]
 Vietnam 26.2 22.8 24.5 3.4 1.15 2009 [25]

Europe[edit]

Average age at first marriage. Darker is younger
Country Men Women Average Age Gap Age Ratio Year Source
 Albania 29.5 24 26.8 5.5 1.23 2014 [24]
 Austria 32.6 30.3 31.5 2.3 1.08 2015 [24]
 Azerbaijan 27.6 23.7 25.7 3.9 1.16 2014 [24]
 Armenia 29.4 26.3 27.9 3.1 1.12 2014 [24]
 Belarus 27.4 25.3 26.4 2.1 1.08 2014 [24]
 Belgium 32.3 30 31.2 2.3 1.08 2015 [24]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29.6 26.4 28 3.2 1.12 2014 [24]
 Bulgaria 30.3 26.9 28.6 3.4 1.13 2014 [26]
 Croatia 30.6 28.1 29.4 2.5 1.09 2014 [26]
 Czech Republic 32.4 29.8 31.1 2.6 1.09 2015 [24]
 Cyprus 30.8 29.0 29.9 1.8 1.06 2014 [24]
 Denmark 34.5 32 33.3 2.5 1.08 2015 [24]
 Estonia 31.6 29.0 30.3 2.6 1.09 2014 [26]
 Finland 33.4 31.2 32.3 2.2 1.07 2015 [24]
 France 33.0 30.8 31.9 2.2 1.07 2011 [27]
 Georgia 29.9 26.6 28.3 3.3 1.12 2014 [24]
 Germany 33.4 30.9 32.2 2.5 1.08 2014 [26]
 Greece 33.0 29.9 31.5 3.1 1.1 2014 [26]
 Hungary 32.1 29.3 30.7 2.8 1.1 2014 [26]
 Iceland 34.6 32.7 33.7 1.9 1.06 2011 [24]
 Ireland 36.4 34.4 35.4 2 1.06 2018
 Italy 34.2 31.3 32.8 2.9 1.09 2014 [26]
 Latvia 30.6 28.2 29.4 2.4 1.09 2014 [26]
 Lithuania 29.7 27.3 28.5 2.4 1.09 2014 [26]
 Luxembourg 33.3 31.1 32.2 2.2 1.07 2015 [24]
 North Macedonia 28.8 26 27.4 2.8 1.11 2014 [24]
 Malta 31.6 29.2 30.4 2.4 1.08 2011 [26]
 Moldova 28.3 25.8 27.1 2.5 1.1 2018 [28]
 Montenegro 32.7 28.6 30.7 4.1 1.14 2014 [26]
 Netherlands 33.5 30.9 32.2 2.6 1.08 2015 [24]
 Norway 33.8 31.9 32.9 1.9 1.06 2015 [24]
 Poland 29.1 26.7 27.9 2.4 1.09 2014 [26]
 Portugal 32.5 31 31.8 1.5 1.05 2015 [24]
 Romania 30.2 26.7 28.5 3.5 1.13 2014 [26]
 Russia 27.4 24.9 26.2 2.5 1.1 2011 [29]
 Serbia 31.0 28.1 29.6 2.9 1.1 2014 [26]
 Slovakia 30.8 28.1 29.5 2.7 1.1 2014 [26]
 Slovenia 32.2 29 30.6 3.2 1.11 2014 [26]
 Spain 34.5 32.3 33.4 2.2 1.07 2014 [26]
 Sweden 36 33.5 34.8 2.5 1.07 2015 [24]
  Switzerland 32.5 30.1 31.3 2.4 1.08 2014 [26]
 Ukraine 27.0 25.0 26 2 1.08 2013 [24]
 United Kingdom (more info) 33.4 31.5 32.5 1.9 1.06 2016 [30]

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 Age Gap Age Ratio Year Source
 Australia (more info) 31.8 29.8 30.8 2 1.07 2015 [31]
 Kiribati[d] 23.6 20.1 21.9 3.5 1.17 2009 [32]
 Marshall Islands 25.7 24.2 25 1.5 1.06 2011 [33]
 Federated States of Micronesia 27.5 25.5 26.5 2 1.08 2010 [34]
 Nauru[e] 21.2 22.8 22.0 -1.6 0.93 2007 [35]
 New Zealand (more info) 32.3 30.5 31.4 1.8 1.06 2017 [36]
 Solomon Islands[e] 25.6 20.3 23.0 5.3 1.26 2007 [37]
 Tonga[f] 25.0 23.6 24.3 1.4 1.06 2012 [38]
 Tuvalu[e] 27.2 22.1 24.7 5.1 1.23 2007 [39]
 Vanuatu[d] 24.4 20.8 22.6 3.6 1.17 2013 [40]

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 ar as 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 20-49
  6. ^ Those surveyed were aged 25-49

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