While for most people today monogamy seems like the only right way to live, and many people probably wishing for something else, there are still countries where polygamy is allowed by law, and there are also religions where polygamy is allowed. And while you might have guessed a few countries right, I bet you might be surprised by some countries.

Here's the list of countries where polygamy is still allowed by law:

  • Nigeria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Maldives
  • Malaysia
  • Iran
  • Benin
  • Indonesia
  • Afghanistan
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Australia
  • ...and many more. According to Wikipedia polygamy is legal in 58 out of nearly 200 sovereign states.

I bet many of you were not surprised by most of these countries - either because of what you knew about them beforehand, or because you know nothing about the countries. But there's definitely one that sticks out - Australia. However, as in many other countries, it's not all that straightforward. In general, polygamy is not allowed not recognized in Australia. However, "a foreign marriage that is not polygamous but could potentially become polygamous at a later date under the law of the country where the marriage took place is recognized in Australia while any subsequent polygamous marriage is not." (wikipedia). So while you might have thought dating is difficult, understanding the culture and laws of certain countries could be a nightmare.

There are small prints in other countries when it comes to polygamy as well. In Mauritius, for example, men can marry up to four women, but at the same time they do not have the legal status of wives. In some countries like Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and Sri Lanka polygamy is legal only for Muslims.

Even United States has its surprises for you. Obviously, as you might have expected, polygamy a well as bigamy is illegal in the US. But then again, there's the reality TV show called Sister Wives where the family lived in Utah and then moved to Nevada. The show literally documents the life of a polygamist family. So how illegal can it be?

When it comes to religions, there are a number of religions that still believe in polygamy. Then again, if the religion came from god, how could it change anyhow. Oh well. One way or another, religions that believe in polygamy are Hinduism, Buddhism, Celtic traditions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity (Roman Catholic Church, Latter Day Saint Movement, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Mormon fundamentalism, Community of Christ)

Just some fruit for thoughts.