The Malta Independent 17 July 2019, Wednesday

Leaving the nest: Maltese live with parents on average until they are 30.7 years old

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 09:54 Last update: about 2 months ago

Maltese youths are not the Europeans who live at home for the longest, but they are very close to it.  Maltese youngsters, in fact, live at home on average until they are 30.7 years old, according to statistics published by Eurostat on the occasion of today’s International Day of Families.

It was only young adults in Croatia and Slovakia who remained the longer in the parental household, leaving home at an average age of 31.8 and 30.9 respectively. Young adults in Malta (30.7 years), Italy (30.1 years), Bulgaria (29.6 years), Spain (29.5 years), Greece (29.3 years) and Portugal (28.9 years) also remained with their parents for longer.

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Young people left home earliest in the three northern Member States – Sweden (18.5 years), Denmark (21.1 years) and Finland (22.0 years), as well as in Luxembourg (20.1 years). Young people also tended to leave home before the age of 25 in Estonia (22.2 years), Germany, France and the Netherlands (all 23.7 years) as well as the United Kingdom (24.7 years).

In the European Union, more than one third (35.3%) of males aged 25 to 34 were still living with their parents in 2017, compared with only one fifth (21.7%) of females in the same age group.

On average, around one young adult in four (28.5%) still lives in the parental home.

Across the EU Member States, the share of young people aged 25 to 34 who were living with their parents ranged from less than 10% in Denmark (3.2%), Finland (4.7%) and Sweden (6.0%), to more than half in Croatia (59.7%), Slovakia (57.0%) and Greece (56.3%).

Data shows that on average young people leave the parental household at the age of 26 years in the EU Member States. However, this age varies significantly among Member States.

In almost all Member States, young women tended to leave the parental household earlier than men. The exception was Sweden (18.5 years for women, compared with 18.4 for men). The highest differences between the genders were registered in Romania (25.6 years for women, compared with 30.5 for men), Bulgaria (27.5 vs. 31.7), Croatia (30.0 vs. 33.6), Greece (28.0 vs. 30.6), Hungary (25.8 vs. 28.3), Poland (26.3 vs. 28.8), Slovakia (29.7 vs. 32.1) and Lithuania (24.5 vs. 26.9).

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