Definition of Youth

Andorra’s national youth plan (2008) defines youth as 16-29 years, however states that some policies may go beyond this range. For example, preventative interventions for those as young as 12, and housing and labour market policies aimed at those up to 35.


Marriageable Age

  • Opposite Sex
  • Same Sex
  • Without parental consent
  • with parental consent
  • Male
  • 16
  • 14
  • ++
  • Female
  • 16
  • 14
  • ++

  • Civil unions/partnerships legal. Source: UNSD, ILGA

Candidacy Age

Criminal Responsibility

Minimum Age
Source:  Criminal Code of Andorra

Majority Age


Voting Age


Situation of Young People

Literacy Rates

Both sexes (15-24) %
  • -- Male (15-24) %
  • -- Female (15-24) %
  • Year: No data.
  • Source: UNESCO

Net Enrolment Rate

Secondary School
Both sexes %
  • --Male %
  • -- Female %
  • Year: No data.
  • Source: UNESCO

Situation of Young People

Prevalence of HIV

Male (15-24) %
Female (15-24) %

Tobacco Use

Consumed any smokeless or smoking tobacco product at least once 30 days prior to the survey.
Both sexes (13-15) %
  • -- Male (13-15) %
  • -- Female (13-15) %
  • Year: No data.
  • Source: WHO

Policy & Legislation

Is there a national youth policy?
Andorra has a national youth plan. A background document details legislation and framework.

Andorra’s national youth plan (2008) describes policy interventions for youth in eight different areas:  

    1. Education & Training;
    2. Work and Access to the Workplace;
    3. Health, Social Cohesion & Quality of Life;
    4. Housing;
    5. Culture, Sports & Leisure;
    6. Citizenship & Participation;
    7. Mobility & International Cooperation;
    8. A youth information and service point.
  Policies for all eight areas are described for each of Andorra’s seven parishes or communities. The plan identifies five integral characteristics of a successful youth policy: establishes priorities; provides for youth participation; involves social partners; interdepartmental coordination, and; recognises the transversality of youth. Described as a “planning instrument”, it is supplemented by research and reports that provide context on the youth in Andorra.

Public Institutions

Is there a governmental authority
(ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth?
The website for the Department of Youth, located within the Ministry of Education and Youth, makes a distinction between powers of the government and that of the ministry. While the government is responsible for approving the national youth plan and proposing youth legislation, the ministry has an implementation role, ensuring continuity of youth policies across regions, directing institutional and interdepartmental coordination, as well as developing and managing the budget for youth. It is also the governmental liaison with the National Youth Forum in Andorra.

Youth and Representation

Does the country have a national youth organisation / association (council, platform, body)?
The National Youth Forum of Andorra (FNJA) was established by Law 11/2007 of 17 May. The law establishes FNJA as a public entity, and lays out its functions, which include supporting youth organisations and acting as interlocutor between the government and youth. As described in the Country Sheet on Youth Policy Andorra (2009), its main purpose is to create a space where youth can openly express their opinions and views. It receives its funding from transfers allocated in state budgets, membership fees from youth organisations, grants from other public bodies and donations.

Budget & Spending

What is the budget allocated to the governmental authority (ministry, department or office) that is primarily responsible for youth and/or youth programming?
EUR 248,396
USD 339,423
In the 2014 Proposed Budget for Andorra, EUR 248,396 (USD 339,423) is allocated to the Department of Youth (which is listed as the Department of Youth and Volunteers). The World Bank lists no data on public spending on education in Andorra for the last ten years.
Total Expenditure on Education as a Percentage of Government Spending and GDP

  • % of GDP
  • % of gov. expenditure

Source: World Bank
Gaps indicate missing data from the original data source. (Accessed August 2013).

Additional Background

From Country Sheet on Youth Policy Andorra (2009):
Non-public actors/structures & youth services with competencies in the youth field
Youth councils
National Forum of the Andorran Youth (Fòrum Nacional de la Joventut d’Andorra (FNJA)) The main purpose of this Forum is to create a space where the Andorran youth can openly express their needs, views and worries regarding youth and social issues. This forum has also the purpose to bring these issues to the national authorities. The National Forum of the Andorran Youth is composed by: the Assembly of the Youth, the Council of Associations, the Permanent Board and different working commissions.
From Consideration of the reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention: Second periodic reports of States parties due in 2003: Andorra (2009):
Marriageable Age
164. Notwithstanding the Committee’s recommendation (para. 25 of its observations on the reports submitted by Andorra, CRC/C/15/Add.176), to date, there has been no change in the law to raise the minimum age for marriage, which remains at 16, and which, exceptionally and with the authorization of a judge, can be reduced to 14. It should, however, be pointed out that there have, in fact, been no marriages between minors, or between an adult and a minor; it has also been established that, up to the present, the judicial authorities have received no request for a marriage to take place between minors aged between 14 and 16. Only one relevant marriage, between an adult male and a female minor aged 17, took place in 2004.
165. For a number of years, there has been a tendency in Andorran society for the age at which people marry to rise. A marriage between minors, or between an adult and a minor, would appear inconceivable to the majority of Andorrans. Consequently, amending the law on this point does not seem to be a matter of urgency; it is not a source of social problems, although Andorra recognizes that it would be appropriate to amend the law to get rid of this anachronism.