On average, men in Luxembourg leave the parental home later than women, get married later, and die younger.

Men also drink more alcohol, smoke more, eat less fruit and fewer vegetables, and are more likely to be overweight.

The saving grace? Men are just as happy with their lives as women in the Grand Duchy, and despite being in generally poorer shape, are more likely than women to perceive their health as good.

All these statistics and more are in Eurostat's 'The life of women and men in Europe' 2022 edition. The interactive guide highlights variations in the lives of men and women across the EU and EFTA countries.

The guide deals with averages, but for the sake of clarity and concision we will simplify and refer to 'women' and 'men'. These statistical people should be taken with a grain of salt. Clearly no couple has 2.1 children, for instance.

Nevertheless, they allow us to make objective comparisons between the sexes and across countries.

Below, we've picked out key themes relating to Luxembourg, and compared these to the EU averages.

The first article in this series looks at living and ageing. There's a wealth of data though, so future editions will consider learning and earning, and nutrition, sports and internet usage.

Living and ageing

Across the EU, women leave home earlier than men and get married earlier too. Women also tend to live longer.

In Luxembourg, women leave home aged 26.3 (EU: 25.5 years), while men leave at 27.4 years, which is bang on the EU average. Women give birth to their first child aged 31 (EU: 29.5 years) and get married at 32.4 years. Men take their time, not getting married until 34.6 years. (EU-wide data for marriages is not available).


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Women in the Grand Duchy also enjoy a generous life expectancy, at 84.9 years (EU: 82.8 years), while for men it is a more modest 80.7 years (EU: 77.2 years).

Across Europe, there are 5% more women than men. The situation is reversed in Luxembourg, however, where there are 98.7 women for every 100 men.


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As for living arrangements, Luxembourg has a lot of men living alone without children. 22.7% of 25 to 49 year-old men fit this description, which is above the EU average of 18.6%. The equivalent figure for women is 14.1% in Luxembourg (EU: 11.1%).

When it comes to single parents, however, women in Luxembourg are three times more likely than men to be living alone with children. 2.6% of women aged 25 to 49 are in this situation (EU: 6%), compared with just 0.8% of men (EU: 1.1%).

Luxembourg also has a sizable proportion of over-65s living alone, but the level is greater amongst women than men. 37.1% of women aged 65 and over live alone (EU: 39.8%),. compared to 17.8% of men (EU: 20%).

Health perception

With above-average life expectancy, you would expect people in Luxembourg to perceive themselves as particularly healthy.

This is true, sort of, but only amongst those aged 65 and older. 56.7% of women in this age group perceive their health to be good or very good (EU: 38.5%), compared with 57.8% of men (EU: 44%).

Amongst 45- to 64-year olds, health perception is closer to the EU average. 67.4% of women think their health is good or very good (EU: 65.9%), compared with 73.1% of men (EU: 68.9%).

In the youngest age group, 16-44, Luxembourgers perceive themselves as less healthy than the EU average. 84.2% of women perceive themselves as healthy (EU: 87.2%), compared with 87.8% of men (EU: 88.7%).

Notice something else? Across the board, men are more likely to perceive themselves as healthy than women. This despite the fact that they have shorter life expectancies.

Life satisfaction

What about the pursuit of happiness?

Our putative statistical woman is pretty happy with how things are going, reporting an overall life satisfaction of 7.4 out of 10. This is a modest step above the EU average of 7.1.


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Our statistical man, however, has lost his optimism bias. In this case, he's just as satisfied as the statistical woman, reporting an overall life satisfaction of 7.4 out of 10. The EU average is just below at 7.2.


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According to a separate measure, the World Happiness Report, Luxembourgers are a particularly cheerful bunch.

But these statistics suggest that, while residents of the Grand Duchy aren't a dour bunch, they also aren't a remarkably happy people. They're just about content with their lot.