Eurostat has published data for 2022 which shows that young people in EU countries move out of their parents' home at the age of 26. However, this is an EU-wide average. The difference between countries is sometimes significant.
The highest average was recorded in Croatia (33.4 years). It is followed by Slovenia (30.8), Greece (30.7), Bulgaria and Spain (both 30.3), Malta (30.1) and Italy (30.0). At the same time, Finland has the lowest rate. In this country, children leave their parents at the age of 21. Sweden (21.4), Denmark (21.7) and Estonia (22.7) are also at the top.
Luxembourg was in the golden middle. According to the study, young people in the Grand Duchy leave home at the age of 26.8.
Such a figure in the country has remained since 2021, but compared to 2019, it has increased by two points. The youngest age in the last 10 years was observed in 2018-2019: then, children left their parents at the age of about 20.
In 14 EU countries, the average age at which young people leave home rose by around 1.5 years. The highest increases were recorded in Croatia (+1.8 years), Greece (+1.7) and Spain (+1.6). The lowest rate over the last 10 years was in Sweden, where young people left home at 19.9 years.
On average in the EU, men leave home later than women, at 27.3 and 25.4 years respectively. This gap persists on average in all countries. In Luxembourg, men usually leave home at the age of 27.1 years and girls at 26.6 years.
In nine EU countries, young men leave home after the age of 30. These are Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Portugal. The largest gender gap is in Romania, where men leave home at 29.9 and women at 25.4.