Sweden Issues Child Marriage Leaflet To Citizens

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Sweden issues child marriage guidelines to its citizens

A Swedish leaflet offering guidelines about child marriage has been withdrawn after it sparked outrage among citizens of Sweden.

The document softly reminds citizens and immigrants that it is illegal for an adult to marry a child in Sweden, but doesn’t suggest the crime is bad enough to warrant punishment.

Rt.com reports: The brochure was produced by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and aimed at people arriving in the country. Entitled, ‘Information for those married to a child,’ the document explains that child marriage is illegal in Sweden and the reasons why. It goes on to say that any child who arrives with a spouse will be treated as a lone child and placed in social care.

The brochure also points out that sex with anyone under the age of 15 is also illegal in Sweden. However, Swedish politicians and residents took issue with the language used in the brochure, saying it wasn’t strong enough for the subject matter.

Jan Björklund, the leader of the Liberal Party, tweeted that the brochure should be “withdrawn without delay.”

“The biggest failing is that the word ‘prison’ isn’t present, but rather it gives a bit of advice and tips on how to respond if you have a relationship our marriage laws forbid,” Tobias Billstrom, the leader of the Moderate Party, said, as cited by the Local.

“The material has provoked strong reactions and many comments. We have withdrawn the material and will revise it,”Petra Rinman of Socialstyrelsen said in a statement, which explained the brochure was compiled as part of a government framework to disseminate information to children who are declared married, as well as spouses and family members.

Many expressed their anger over the leaflet on social media, where many appeared to think the brochure was encouraging child marriage or that it was a sign that Sweden was legalizing child marriage.



“Sweden does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to enter into marriage in the country,” Socialstyrelsen’s legal head Pär Ödman said. “However, according to current legislation, the general rule is that marriage which is legal according to the law of the country in which it was carried out should be recognized in Sweden. New legislation is currently being prepared by the government.”

The new legislation will state that foreign childhood marriage will not be recognized if one of the parties was underage when they arrived in Sweden. It will come into effect at the start of 2019.


  1. There is no law if there is no punishment. It is foolish to think that people would keep a law if there were no punishment attached to the breaking of it.

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  2. Obviously, Sweden needs to die and descend into Hell to understand what it is throwing away. I doubt that it will rise again, however.

  3. It has been said among the public debaters that in most countries marriage below 18 is OK. I don´t know the facts behind this… but it´s a piece of cake to stay in one of those countries at least for the 2-3 years maximum that´s needed to make the marriage legal in Sweden also….. AND N.B. the number of female children i each kohort that are in concern are quite a few compared to the number that are in investigation among Swedes…. so why was this information pamphlet generated? BTW we have hundred of thousands old Swedes that starves due to small pensions

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