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When do young Europeans leave the parental home?

In the European Union (EU), over one young adult out of four (28.5%) aged 25 to 34 were still living with their parents in 2016. Across the EU, this share ranged from less than 10% in the Nordic Member States – Denmark (3.8%), Finland (4.3%) and Sweden (6.0%) – to about half in Croatia (58.7%), Slovakia (55.5%), Greece (55.0%), Malta (51.5%) and Italy (48.9%).

Overall, it is estimated that young people leave the parental household at the age of 26 years on average in the EU. But significant discrepancies can be observed between Member States.

It should also be noted that in every EU Member State, young women tended to leave the parental household earlier than men. The highest differences between the genders were registered in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece and the Czech Republic.

For more information and the source dataset see: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/

Source: Eurostat

Posted by: Katrin Schauer

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