For completeness, here is the full 4 page pamphlet together with an English translation:
Information to you who are married to a child
Child marriage is illegal in Sweden
In Sweden it is illegal to marry anyone under the age of 18.
There are many reasons for this.
Children have a right to be children and to not have the
responsibilities that come with marriage. Children should go to
school, get an education, develop as their own person, develop their own
interests. Early marriages often lead to early parenthood, which leads
to increased risks for the child, both in the short term and in the
long term. Getting married early can also lead to negative health
impacts, both physically and psychologically, an increased risk for
poverty or to be subject to oppression and violence.
This applies in Sweden:
- All children, girls and boys, have the same rights.
- Anyone who has entered marriage has the right to get a divorce, even if the other partner does not want to get a divorce.
- Sex is voluntary, also within marriage.
- Everyone should have access to information about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- A girl/woman has the right to an abortion if she wishes to end a pregnancy.
- When a person has reached the age of 18 that person has the right to decide for her-/himself.
Legal guardian, trustee, or specially appointed legal guardian has responsibility for the child
Children who come to Sweden without a legal guardian are treated as
unaccompanied refugee children. If the parents of the child are here
in Sweden, they are the legal guardians of the child. Unaccompanied
refugee children are appointed a trustee who helps the child with
things that parents otherwise help with.
If you are married to a child you can never assume the parent's
or the trustee's responsibilities. As the husband/wife of a child you
cannot speak on behalf of the child.
Illegal to have sex with children under the age of 15
In Sweden it is illegal to have sex with someone under the age of 15.
This applies even if you are married and even if you have children
together. Children under 15 have an absolute right to be protected
from sexual activities. Someone who has sexual intercourse or engages
in another type of sexual activity with a child is committing a sexual
The purpose of these rules are to protect the child.
If the one you are married to is an unaccompanied refugee child
Social services have the practical responsibility for all
unaccompanied refugee children. This includes arranging accommodation
for the child. It is the responsibility of the Swedish Migration
Agency to arrange accommodation for adult asylum seekers. Social
services investigates the child's need for protection and support and
suggests an accommodation for the child.
Social services can suggest that you don't live together for a shorter
or longer period. The purpose is to ensure that the child receives the
protection and support it is entitled to.
Since children under the age of 15 have an absolute right to
protection from sexual activity, it is inappropriate that you live
together if the child is under the age of 15. This applies even if you
have children together. Both social services and the Swedish Migration
Agency will work to give the child the opportunity to express its
opinion regarding where to live and under what circumstances. It is
with the child and the trustee that the social services will cooperate
and together they will decide for the child.
If you want more information about what applies to Sweden, you can
turn to the social servants at the Swedish Migration Agency or to
On the website New in Sweden you will find out more about the Swedish
society in several languages.