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Marriage in which the marital partners are proposed or selected by individuals other than the couple themselves.


Derived by EMN from the entry of 'arranged marriage' in the IATE terminology database.


  • BG: уреден брак
  • CS: dohodnutý sňatek
  • DE: arrangierte Ehe / arrangierte Eheschließung
  • EL: προσυμφωνημένος γάμος
  • EN: arranged marriage
  • ES: n/a
  • ET: korraldatud abielu
  • FI: järjestetty avioliitto
  • FR: mariage arrangé
  • GA: cleamhnas
  • HU: n/a
  • IT: matrimonio combinato
  • LT: primestoji santuoka
  • LV: sarunātas laulības
  • MT: n/a
  • NL: gearrangeerd huwelijk
  • PL: n/a
  • PT: casamento arranjado
  • RO: n/a
  • SK: dohodnuté manželstvo
  • SL: dogovorjena poroka / dogovorjena zakonska zveza
  • SV: arrangerat äktenskap
  • NO: n/a

Related Term(s)


  1. Arranged marriages are different from forced marriages. One difference with forced marriage is the element of choice in accepting or refusing the arrangement. However, the distinction of forced and arranged marriage is not clear-cut, as it is difficult to assess when the spouses have or have not been under pressure to consent to marry. One or both partners may be subjected to cultural pressures, which may in fact result in limiting the free will to contract marriage. And if at least one of the parties does not consent to the marriage, an arranged marriage becomes a forced marriage.
  2. For more information see: FRA: Addressing forced marriage in the EU: legal provisions and promising practice, 2014 and European Parliament: forced marriages from a gender perspective, 2016.