Bratislava, Slovakia – From cultural factors to financial considerations, there are many reasons to explain why Europeans, depending on where they live, leave the parental household at very different ages.
According to data released by Eurostat earlier this month to mark the international day of families, Slovaks are among the last to leave the parental household compared to their European neighbours.
Women tend to leave earlier than men in almost every European country
According to the study, Europeans left the nest on average at the age of 26, and around one fourth (28.5%) of young adults (aged 25 to 34) still lived with their parents last year: more than one third of men (35%) were still staying at their parents’ place, compared to less than 22% of women of the same age group.
Young women tended to leave the parental household much earlier than men in almost every EU country (Sweden excepted). The highest differences between the gender were mainly found in Central and Eastern Europe, more specifically in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. Hungary (25.8 years for women and 28.3 years for men), Poland (26.3 vs 28.8) and Slovakia (29.7 vs 32.1) also registered some of the highest gaps between women and men.
Young Slovaks among the last to leave parental nest
Big differences were also registered between individual countries. Young people in Western and Northern Europe left the parental nest at a much younger age, especially in Sweden (18.5 years), Luxembourg (20.1 years), Denmark (21.5 years) and Finland (22 years).
At the opposite end of the scale, Europe’s eastern and southern countries reported the highest share of young adults staying at home with their parents until 30 or more. According to Eurostat, young people in Croatia remained the longest in the parental household (31.8 years), followed by Slovakia (30.9 years), Malta (30.7 years), Italy (30.1 years), Bulgaria (29.6 years) and Spain (29.5 years).
In 2018, Eurostat estimates that around 57% of young Slovak adults (25-34 years old) were still living with their parents, compared to 45% in Poland, less than 41% in Hungary and only 32% in the Czech Republic.