Finnish dating culture

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It was 14 for boys and 13 for girls in the 16th century.In 1721 it was raised to 21 and 15 respectively, but the sons of peasants were permitted to marry at age 18 and this was effective until 1922.

Village young people also met during their work and at evening socials.

t times while doing genealogy research, I've noticed that young couples married at a very young age and wondered if there was an error in the dates.

Recently I read that the minimum marriage age was set in the Ecclesiastic Law of 1686.

Under the Ecclesiastic Law of 1686 a betrothal was legally binding and could be broken off only by consent of the Church.

The guilty party then might have to pay a fine and a guilty suitor had to return the gifts.

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