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People > Age at first marriage for women: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The high council on integration, a government advisory body, estimates that as many as 70,000 adolescents in France were living in arranged marriages in 2003. Virtually all were first- or second-generation immigrants.

France’s justice ministry said figures indicate that approximately 1,200 minors were married in the country in 2004 and that many more are taken abroad every year to enter arranged marriages.">On March 29, the French parliament’s upper house gave its support to a bill that would raise the minimum legal age for women to get married from 15 to 18.

Article 144 of France’s civil (or Napoleonic) code states that, “The man who is not yet attained the age of 18, and the woman who is not yet 15, may not enter into wedlock." This article, along with about half of the code’s total of 2,281 articles, came into force in 1804 and has not been amended.

The high council on integration, a government advisory body, estimates that as many as 70,000 adolescents in France were living in arranged marriages in 2003. Virtually all were first- or second-generation immigrants.

France’s justice ministry said figures indicate that approximately 1,200 minors were married in the country in 2004 and that many more are taken abroad every year to enter arranged marriages.

DEFINITION: Age of women when they first get married (1999).

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Sweden 30.4 years 1999
2 Denmark 30.1 years 1999
=3 Spain 29.1 years 1999
=3 France 29.1 years 1999
=5 Norway 28.6 years 1999
=5 Australia 28.6 years 1999
=7 Netherlands 28.3 years 1999
=7 Finland 28.3 years 1999
=9 Germany 28.2 years 1999
=9 Switzerland 28.2 years 1999
=9 Ireland 28.2 years 1999
12 Austria 27.9 years 1999
13 United Kingdom 27.7 years 1999
14 Canada 27.4 years 1999
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 27.4 years 1999
15 Japan 27.3 years 1999
=16 New Zealand 27.1 years 1999
=16 Italy 27.1 years 1999
18 Belgium 26.6 years 1999
19 United States 25 years 1999

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Age at first marriage for women. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", 1980 figures and 1999 figures for EU countries are from European Social Statistics Demography 2001. Australian figures are from ABS, Year Book Australia 2003 - Population. Marriages and Divorces and the latest figure is for 2001. Figures for other European and North American countries come from UN Economic Commission for Europe, Trends in Europe and North America 2001 (UN, NY, 2001). New Zealand figures from Maureen Baker, Families, Labour and Love (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2001). Japanese figures from Japan Almanac 1998 (Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo). Figures for other countries from UN Statistics Division, The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics. Spanish Statistical Institute. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Age-at-first-marriage-for-women

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Interesting observations about People > Age at first marriage for women

United States ranked last for age at first marriage for women amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 1999.
All of the top 2 countries by age at first marriage for women are Christian.
All of the bottom 19 countries by age at first marriage for women are High income OECD.
All of the top 4 countries by age at first marriage for women are European.
All of the top 2 countries by age at first marriage for women are Cold countries'.
All of the top 4 countries by age at first marriage for women are European Union.
Australia ranked first for age at first marriage for women amongst English speaking countries in 1999.
France ranked first for age at first marriage for women amongst Eurozone in 1999.
Japan ranked last for age at first marriage for women amongst Non-religious countries in 1999.
3 of the top 4 countries by age at first marriage for women are Tourist destination.

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The high council on integration, a government advisory body, estimates that as many as 70,000 adolescents in France were living in arranged marriages in 2003. Virtually all were first- or second-generation immigrants.

France’s justice ministry said figures indicate that approximately 1,200 minors were married in the country in 2004 and that many more are taken abroad every year to enter arranged marriages.">On March 29, the French parliament’s upper house gave its support to a bill that would raise the minimum legal age for women to get married from 15 to 18.

Article 144 of France’s civil (or Napoleonic) code states that, “The man who is not yet attained the age of 18, and the woman who is not yet 15, may not enter into wedlock." This article, along with about half of the code’s total of 2,281 articles, came into force in 1804 and has not been amended.

The high council on integration, a government advisory body, estimates that as many as 70,000 adolescents in France were living in arranged marriages in 2003. Virtually all were first- or second-generation immigrants.

France’s justice ministry said figures indicate that approximately 1,200 minors were married in the country in 2004 and that many more are taken abroad every year to enter arranged marriages.

Posted on 06 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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