Equal age of consent

In 15 countries and territories, the age of consent is not equalized for same-sex relationships.

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  • Equal
  • Unequal
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

Recent Changes

Equal age of consent

The difference between legal age of consent for homosexual sex and heterosexual sex.

Summary

165
Equal
165 regions (71%)
Equal
15
Unequal
15 regions (6%)
Unequal
52
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
52 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
100%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
52 regions (100%)
Unequal
regions (0%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
Oceania
83%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
20 regions (83%)
Unequal
3 regions (13%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (4%)
South America
79%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
11 regions (79%)
Unequal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
North America
75%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
27 regions (75%)
Unequal
4 regions (11%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (14%)
Africa
44%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
26 regions (44%)
Unequal
5 regions (9%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
28 regions (48%)
Asia
63%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
29 regions (63%)
Unequal
1 regions (2%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
16 regions (35%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for equal age of consent over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

Equal age of consent by country

(and dependent territories)

Equal

Equal age of consent is equal in 165 regions.

  1. South America (11)
  2. Argentina 2001
  3. Bolivia 1999
  4. Brazil 1940
  5. Chile 2022
  6. Colombia
  7. Ecuador 1997
  8. Falkland Islands 2005
  9. French Guiana
  10. Peru 1836
  11. Uruguay 1933
  12. Venezuela 1998

Unequal

Equal age of consent is unequal in 15 regions.

  1. Asia (1)
  2. Turkmenistan 2014
  3. South America (2)
  4. Paraguay
  5. Suriname 1869

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