Portuguese youth leave their parents' house at age 29. Swedes leave at age 18 – The Economic Journal


The young Portuguese are those who later leave their parents' home, almost 29 years old, above the EU average (EU 26), according to data published in 2017 by Eurostat.

The European Statistical Office points out that in 2017 more than a third (35.3%) of young males between 25 and 34 years old lived in their parents' homes in 2017, compared to a fifth (21.7%) of young people female.

This trend is followed by Portugal, with 50.8% of young adults living with their parents in 2017, against 40.5% of young adults.

On average, one in four people aged 25-34 (28.5%) lived in their parents' homes in 2017, with Portugal reaching 45.6%.

Croatia (31.8 years on average), Slovakia (30.9 years), Malta (30.7) and Italy (30.1) are the countries where young people live longer in their parents' home, 30 years, followed by Bulgaria (29.6 years), Spain (29.5), Greece (29.3) and Portugal (28.9).

At the other extreme, Sweden was the country where young people left their parents' home (18.5 years) in 2017, followed by Luxembourg (20.1), Denmark (21.1), Denmark Finland (22.0), Estonia (22.2), Germany, France and the Netherlands (23.7 each) and the United Kingdom (24.7 years).

The percentage of young people living in their parents' home in 2017 ranged from 3.2% in Denmark to 59.7% in Croatia.

The European Statistical Office released these data in the context of the International Day of Families, which is scheduled for Wednesday.



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