Southern Asia

Nepal

Summary

Explore how common child marriage is throughout the country, how levels have changed over time, and how the situation in this country compares to others.

Absolute number

Prevalence

1.2 million

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

8%
5.3 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

33%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Southern Asia
  • Nepal
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YearSouthern AsiaNepal
199457.7%
199759.5%
199956.0%
200256.6%
200450.4%
200749.4%
200945.6%
201246.0%
201438.0%
201733.5%
201932.8%
202225.5%
Child marriage age

Nepal

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Nepal

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201930.0%38.8%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201945.2%36.9%36.0%30.0%18.0%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201966.4%56.4%26.5%
Child marriage age

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Levels of child marriage vary across different parts of Nepal. See the range of values within the country, and explore the map for details.

Prevalence of child marriage

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28% 46% 20% 36% 34% 44% 36%

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2019

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Nepal in 2019

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YearNepalProvince No. 1Province No. 2Province No. 3Province No. 4Province No. 5Province No. 6Province No. 7
32.8%28.5%46.0%19.7%35.7%33.7%44.3%35.6%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Nepal
Child marriage age
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YearNepal
199457.7%
199956.0%
200450.4%
200945.6%
201438.0%
201932.8%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Nepal30.0%38.8%32.8%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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