Proposal to ban child marriages in Norway – The Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs

We want to send a clear message, nationally as well as internationally, that we do not accept people under the age of 18 years getting married in Norway, says Minister of Children and Equality, Linda Hofstad Helleland. The Norwegian Government recently proposed to introduce an absolute minimum marriage age of 18 years.

The marriage age in Norway today is 18 years, but persons between the age of 16 and 18 are eligible to apply to the county governor for permission to marry. Lately very few permissions have been given. The Norwegian Government has now proposed to repeal this possibility to get permission to marry, thereby introducing an absolute minimum marriage age of 18 years.

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