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Age of Consent in Spain

Age of consent in Spain

Age of Consent is a term that establishes the age at which a person can legally agree to sexual activity. This age varies across the world and is based upon what is believed to be the minimum age when an individual has the mental and legal ability to agree to engaging sexual activities.

In Europe (like the United States), the age of consent varies by jurisdiction. Generally, the age of consent across the European countries is from 14 to 18 years of age, with most of them falling between 14 and 16 years of age. While the legal age in Spain for marriage is from 14 to 16.

Spain raises age of consent from 14 to 16

Historically, Spanish law allowed 14 year olds to marry with permission from a judge and 13 year olds to legally engage sexual relations. In light of this, the country saw very few marriages below 16 years of age.

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After raising the marriage age of consent in Spain, the country is now in line with UK, Russia and Netherlands.

In 2009, the Spanish Parliament agreed to raise the age of consent from 13 to 16 years. This was also accompanied by the minimum age of marriage being increased from 14 to 16 years. Due to continued pressure from the United Nations and the European Council, in 2015, these minimum age increases were finally put into place.