Where not to get married: Libya


Published: 2017-07-20 16:20

Last Updated: 2021-03-05 18:44

Holy matrimony just got a lot more taxing
Holy matrimony just got a lot more taxing

In what seemingly is an attempt to scare people away from marriage, the Libyan government is going to impose taxes on marriage contracts.

In marriages between two Libyan nationals, men will only be taxed with $36, but marriages involving foreign parties get the brunt of the taxes.

Libyan men are to be taxed $3623 for marrying non-Libyan women, while expats living in Libya will get fined $2173 for marrying Libyan women.

The government justified the taxes by saying they would support the marriage fund, an initiative launched by the government in 2012 to reportedly “eliminate spinsterhood” in Libya.

Libyans have described the tax as unfair, and have compared it to extortion.

One citizen said on his Facebook page, “the authorities have to provide decent living conditions and pay salaries to the citizens before making decisions like these.”