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Young people

Young Dutch people tend to fly the nest early. In Nordic countries and in France, young people leave the parental home even earlier. Regardless of age, the timing usually depends on the degree of financial independence, enrolment in education and the availability and cost of housing.

meetlat-1-jongeren_ENG SK HR M T I T ES BE SL C Y P T L U PL GR RO HU IE BG CZ DE L V EU L T A T EE UK NL FR SE FI DK 80.2% 70.1% 18 t o 2 4- y e a r - ol d s l i v i n g w i th t h e ir p a r e n t s , 2017

Eight in ten young adults (18 to 24 years) in the European Union still live with their parents. The percentage shares vary widely among countries. In Denmark and Finland, a mere 40 percent of young adults still live at home, whereas the share exceeds 90 percent in Belgium, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Croatia. In the Netherlands, the share of 18 to 24‑year-olds living at home lies at 70 percent.

Boys stay longer than girls

At any age and anywhere in the EU, young men stay at home longer than young women. In 12 EU countries, over 90 percent of young men live at home until age 25. No more than 4 percent of young Slovakian, Croatian and Italian men live on their own. In Denmark and Finland, nearly 50 percent of young men and slightly over 30 percent of young women still live with their parents. These are very low shares from a European perspective. The shares are significantly higher in the Netherlands: 74 percent of young Dutch men live at home, versus 65 percent of young Dutch women.

In the higher age group, shares fall rapidly throughout the EU-28. Among men, the share falls from 84 percent (18 to 24 years) to 47 percent (25 to 29 years); among women, from 76 to 32 percent.

66% of 18 to 24-year-old Dutch women living at home in 2017
33% was the share in Finland

Older youth living at home (again) more often

Young people who delay flying the nest are not a general European phenomenon. The share of 18 to 24‑year-olds still living at home is now higher compared to 2010 in 12 out of the 28 EU countries, including in the Netherlands. The share has dropped in nine countries, while the difference is less than 1 percent in seven countries. A similar trend is seen in the higher age group: in 2017, the share of young adults in the age group 25 to 29 years who still lived at home exceeded 60 percent in Croatia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia.


Share of young adults aged 18–34 living with their parents by age and sex – EU-SILC survey


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