Sex and Relations

What is the legal age of consent?

Published 1/10/2010 | Updated 1/10/2010

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My question is what is the legal age of consent? Some say it’s 15, others say you have to be 16 to have sex. Who is right?

The law in Sweden says that you are not allowed to have sex with anyone who is under the age of 15. The law is in place to protect children and young people from being exploited by older youths or adults. It is never the person under 15 who has broken the law. The responsibility always lies with the person over 15. However, the purpose of the law is not to punish people of around the same age who have had sex with each other. The example usually given is of a 16 year-old having sex with a 14 year-old.


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