What is the lowest age of consent in the world?

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The Age of Consent Worldwide

The age of consent refers to the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally competent to consent to sexual activity. This age varies across countries and can have significant implications for relationships and laws surrounding sexual conduct.

Countries with No Age of Consent

In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Pakistan, and Qatar, there is no specific age of consent. Instead, individuals must be married before engaging in sexual activity.

Countries with Low Age of Consent

Nigeria has the lowest age of consent at 11 years old, followed by the Philippines and Angola at 12 years old. Three countries - Niger, Comoros, and Burkina Faso - have an age of consent set at 13 years old.

Countries with Age of Consent at 14

Several South American countries, as well as European countries like Germany, Italy, and Portugal, have set the age of consent at 14 years old. Additionally, countries like Bangladesh, China, and Malawi also have an age of consent at 14.

Countries with Age of Consent at 15

France, Poland, Romania, and Thailand are among the countries where the age of consent is set at 15 years old. This age is also applicable in North Korea, Cambodia, and Uruguay.

Countries with Age of Consent at 16

Many countries around the world, including the majority of US states, Canada, Russia, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, set the age of consent at 16. European countries like Spain, Belgium, and Norway also follow this standard.

Countries with Higher Age of Consent

Countries like Mexico, Ireland, and Cyprus have an age of consent set at 17. India, Turkey, and Egypt require individuals to be 18 years old before consenting to sexual activity.

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