Equal age of consent

In 39 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

171
Equal
171 regions (74%)
Equal
39
Unequal
39 regions (17%)
Unequal
22
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
22 regions (9%)
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
3 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
regions (0%)
North America
69%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
25 regions (69%)
Unequal
9 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
2 regions (6%)
Africa
58%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
34 regions (58%)
Unequal
14 regions (24%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
11 regions (19%)
Asia
63%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
29 regions (63%)
Unequal
10 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (15%)

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 171 regions.

No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous

Data on equal age of consent is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 22 regions.

  1. Oceania (1)
  2. Solomon Islands
  3. Antarctica (1)
  4. Antarctica

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