By: Kaoru Moulton | 11-15-2017 | News
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How do different European countries define the age of sexual consent?

In Europe, what is the age of which young people can consent "I agree with sexual activity"?

These questions are recently raised in France. A 28-year old man was tried for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. He had lured the girl to his apartment in a Paris suburb promising of teaching her how to “kiss properly”. Surprisingly, Prosecutors ruled that the offense was not raped as there was no evidence of violence, constraint, threat or surprise.

It is difficult to make a comparison between countries when the legal system largely differs in how to deal with sexual abuse cases including minors.

In the UK, Germany, and Spain, there is a minimum age, under which the non-consent of a minor is assumed.

Here is the list.


14 years old

Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Portugal.

The law: Individuals can consent to sex at 14 years old.

15 years old

Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

The law: A sexual act with a person under this age is considered rape.

16 years old

Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Finland, and Luxembourg

The law: Anyone under 16 years old is considered a minor in sexual cases.

17 years old

UK, Germany, and Spain


Some countries in Europe also consider the factors like the age difference between the two persons.

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Edwina McManus No. 11885 2017-11-15 : 02:01

I am from Ireland and the age of consent is 17. The uk and G.B is the same thing and it is 16.

Anonymous No. 11897 2017-11-15 : 05:25

Ugh, I heard about France. Since an 11 year old girl was raped they're just going to drop the age of consent to 13. I think that's so they don't have to claim a lot of these grooming gang pedophilia cases as rape.

Heard such horrible stories.

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