The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.Individuals aged 15 or younger in Switzerland are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.Switzerland statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 16.There is a close in age exemption, allowing minors to consent to partners 3 or less years older. A close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet law" in the United States, is a law designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.Citizens of EU-8 member states were granted the same unrestricted free movement rights on .Citizens of Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2) have enjoyed the same rights on trial since 1 June 2016.However, Switzerland applied separate quotas for Croatian nationals from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2016.Their access to the Swiss labour market remained subject to the provisions of the Foreign Nationals Act.
A handful of other countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany have rates closer to the Swiss level.Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.After a decade of largely unrestricted access to abortion, the rate in Switzerland remains stable and is among the lowest in the world.On 21 June 1999, the European Union (EU) and Switzerland signed the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP).
The AFMP lifts restrictions on EU citizens wishing to live or work in Switzerland.
How is the country achieving the oft-cited formula of ‘safe, legal and rare’?