On the occasion of 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, the average varies strongly among different 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 leave 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.


© Eurostat

Men tend to leave the nest later than women, with 27.4 years compared to 25.4. This trend is observed in all countries, with the exception of Sweden, where the difference was only 0.1. In Romania, men on average leave at the age of 30.0; females at 25.5 (4.5 year gender gap).

In Croatia, both young men and women moved out the latest in the EU (at the age of 34.0 and 30.9 years, respectively).

The gender gap was more pronounced in countries where young people left the parental home later and less pronounced in countries where they left earlier.

Sweden, Luxembourg and Estonia recorded the smallest gender gaps with 0.1, 0.4 and 0.5 years difference respectively between young men and women leaving the parental home.

Men in Luxembourg on average leave at the age of 20.0, with women at 19.6. With Luxembourg's average at 19.8, that of neighbour Germany is at 23.8, France at 24.0 and Belgium at 25.5.