When do young people leave the nest?

On the occasion of the International Youth Day Eurostat looks at the average age at which young people leave the parental household. In 2020, across the EU, young people left their parental household on average at the age of 26.4 years. However, this average varies among the different EU Member States.

The oldest average ages, all at 30 years or higher, were recorded in Croatia (32.4), Slovakia (30.9), Malta and Italy (both 30.2) and Portugal (30.0 years). By contrast, Denmark (21.2 years), Luxembourg (19.8) and Sweden (17.5) recorded the lowest average ages, all under 22 years old.

In most northern and western countries, young people left the parental home on average in their early to mid-twenties, while in southern and eastern countries the average age was in the late twenties or early thirties.

Map: Estimated average age of young people leaving the parental household, 2020

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