Europe is a continent of nests and fleeing birds. In some countries, less than five percent of people between the ages of 25 and 34 still live with their parents. At the other end of the scale, this is true for over 60 percent of young adults. In one country, the average age at moving out is 18 years. In another member state, most of those affected have long since passed their 30th birthday.
When a young adult can stand on his own two feet has something to do with comfort and whether staying in the “Hotel Mama” for a long time is socially acceptable. Many other factors also play a decisive role. These include: training or studies, the situation on the job market, available and affordable housing, financial support from parents. But one thing is a fact in all EU countries except Liechtenstein: women disconnect themselves earlier than men.
In these EU countries, most young adults still live with their parents.
# 10 Romania
In Romania, 40.9 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds lived with their parents in 2019, according to Eurostat. That was the 10th highest value in the EU. Romania was one of the last countries, ahead of Hungary, Slovenia and Cyprus, to be above the EU average of just under 31 percent. The men were solely to blame for the poor placement. 54.0 percent of them lived at home. According to statisticians, the same was only true for 26.4 percent of young Romanians. They reached one of the lowest levels in the EU. The average Romanian was reportedly 28.1 years old when he moved out. The average age across the EU was 26.2 years.
# 9 Poland
Poland took ninth place among the nestlings with 43.9 percent. According to Eurostat in 2019, 50.6 percent of men and 36.8 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 34 lived with their parents. Poles move out with an average of 27.4 years.
# 8 Portugal
Portugal came eighth in the EU with 45.2 percent (51.6 percent of men, 39.0 percent of women). Portuguese were on average 29.0 years old when they moved out in 2019.
# 7 Malta
Malta came in seventh with 45.4 percent, just ahead of Portugal. 52.2 percent of men and 37.3 percent women still lived in their parents’ house in 2019. The Maltese left with an average of 29.9 years.
# 6 Spain
According to Eurostat, Spaniards between 25 and 34 years of age had a nestling share of 46.4 percent (52.4 percent of men, 40.2 percent of women). The average age at undressing was 29.5 years.
# 5 Bulgaria
Bulgaria is the first country in this ranking to break the 30-year mark at retirement age (exactly 30.0 years). In 2019, 48.8 percent of young people still lived with their parents. This only affected every third woman (33.2 percent) but almost two out of three men (63.3 percent).
# 4 Italy
Eurostat did not yet have data for 2019 for all member states. Italy reported a nestling share of almost 50 percent (49.2 percent) for 2018. 55.7 percent of men and 42.6 percent of women were affected. Italy also came fourth in terms of the average age at which people moved out: 30.1 years.
# 3 Slovakia
Slovakia was 30.9 years old in 2018. 56.4 percent of the population between 25 and 34 years of age still lived with their parents. Here, too, the gender gap was enormous: 65.7 percent of men, 46.1 percent of women.
# 2 Greece
The ongoing economic crisis is contributing to the fact that young Greeks cannot (or cannot) leave their parents’ home. 57.8 percent of them were affected in 2019. That was the second highest value in the EU (68.6 percent of men, 47.1 percent of women). Small consolation: Greeks were relatively young when they moved out with an average of 28.9 years compared to the top group.
# 1 Croatia
Croatia is the nestling stronghold of the EU. 62.0 percent of young Croatians lived with their parents in 2019. This was true for three out of four men (74.9 percent) and almost every second woman (48.7 percent). Croatia also led in terms of average age: 31.8 years. The fewest nestlings were in Denmark (3.2 percent). The Swedes were by far the youngest refugees at 17.8 years of age. Germany ranked seventh from last in the EU (2018: 16.5 percent).