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italians are mama’s boys

In the EU27 in 2008, 20% of women and 32% of men aged 25 to 34 lived with at least one of their parents1. Among these young women and men still living at home, 13% were in education. For the age group 18 to 24, as would be expected, the share living with their parents was much higher at 71% for women and 82% for men. Among this age group of young women and men living at home, the proportion of those in education was 55%. Finally, among young adults aged 18 to 34, 48% of women and 36% of men lived in a consensual union2.

These indicators on young adults living with their parents come from a report3 published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Lowest share of young adults live with their parents in the Nordic countries

In 2008, the highest shares of young adults aged 18 to 24 living with their parents were recorded for both women and men in Slovenia and Malta (both 93% for women and 97% for men) and Slovakia (90% and 96%), and the lowest shares in Denmark (27% and 40%), Finland (32% and 53%) and Sweden (37% and 47%).


Among women aged 25 to 34, Slovakia (42%) had the largest proportion living with their parents, followed by Slovenia (38%) and Greece (36%), while Denmark (1%), Finland and Sweden (both 2%) had the smallest. For men in the same age group, the highest shares were registered in Bulgaria (61%), Slovenia (60%), Greece and Slovakia (both 56%), and the lowest in Denmark (3%), Sweden (4%) and Finland (8%).

Highest share of young adults living in a consensual union in Finland, Sweden, Romania and France

In all Member States, there were higher shares of women in the age group 18 to 34 living in a consensual union than men, because women on average marry or move out with a partner earlier in life than men.

The highest proportions of both women and men aged 18 to 34 who lived in a consensual union in 2008 were observed in Finland (63% for women and 51% for men), Sweden (61% and 48%), Romania (57% and 42%) and France (55% and 45%), and the lowest for women in Ireland (34%), Slovenia, Malta and Slovakia (all 37%) and for men in Greece (21%), Slovenia (22%) and Italy (25%).

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