Equal age of consent

In 40 countries, 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

175
Equal
175 regions (75%)
Equal
40
Unequal
40 regions (17%)
Unequal
17
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
17 regions (7%)
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
66%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
39 regions (66%)
Unequal
15 regions (25%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
5 regions (9%)
Asia
61%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Equal
28 regions (61%)
Unequal
10 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
8 regions (17%)

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 175 regions.

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

Data on equal age of consent is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 17 regions.

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

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