In some EU countries you’ll be almost middle-aged by the time you can leave home

The latest in our “Dare to Think Differently” series for the UK’s young people

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The latest data from the EU makes depressing news for the EU’s youth

Yesterday the EU Commission’s statistics agency published the latest figures for 2022 showing just how depressing the outlook is for young people across swathes of the European Union.

On top of bad youth unemployment figures which we have reported on for years, Brexit Facts4EU.Org can reveal the poor prospects for young people on the continent in terms of their lifestyles. Living a life independent of their parents is still only a dream for many of the under 30s in Europe. And for their parents any hopes of being free of their offspring continue to be pushed out for years.

In seven EU countries you won’t leave home until you’re in your 30s, on average

In 19 out of the 27 EU countries you will not move out of your parents’ home until you are at least 25 years old, on average. In seven of them you will have to wait until you’re in your 30s. This increases to nine countries in respect of men. These are the average figures. For many young people it’s far worse.

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Average age of young people leaving the parental household, by EU country

The 15 EU countries with the highest average ages for 'leaving the nest'

  1. Croatia : 33.4 years old
  2. Slovakia : 30.8 years old
  3. Greece : 30.7 years old
  4. Bulgaria : 30.3 years old
  5. Spain : 30.3 years old
  6. Malta : 30.1 years old
  7. Italy : 30.0 years old
  8. Portugal : 29.7 years old
  9. Slovenia : 29.4 years old
  10. Poland : 28.9 years old
  11. Romania : 27.7 years old
  12. Cyprus : 27.5 years old
  13. Hungary : 27.1 years old
  14. Ireland : 26.9 years old
  15. Latvia : 26.8 years old

[Source: Latest EU Commission official data, released Fri 08 Sept 2023.]

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In the UK the average age is 24.

The average age for leaving an EU parental home has increased in the last 10 years

The figures we have shown above have been increasing over the past decade. In most EU countries – even in Scandinavia – the average age for leaving the parental home has increased by around one-and-a-half years.

The situation is more acute when looking at the gender balance. Men leave home when they are around two years older than women. This is the case in all EU countries. We could posit possible reasons for this, but we have no desire to be caught up in some of the nonsense currently being spouted in the whole 'gender debate'.


There are of course certain cultural differences in some EU countries, where it has long been considered more normal for a young person to continue living in the family home for longer than might be expected in the United Kingdom.

That said, this does not explain why the average age has steadily been increasing across Europe. The obvious explanation for this is the EU’s youth unemployment problem, exacerbated by higher costs of living. When Facts4EU.Org first started reporting on this, the EU’s youth unemployment rate was approximately double that of the UK’s.

Even today you are considerably more likely to be a ‘NEET’ (Not in Employment, Education or Training) if you live in the EU, compared to the UK. Currently the NEET rate is 60% higher in the Eurozone than in the UK, for example. This problem has become endemic in some EU countries, where an entire generation of young people has suffered.

The EU Commissions values do not seem to include 'the right to work'

The EU Commission frequently talks about its young people and even has a “Youth Day”. Unfortunately the Commission’s efforts always seem to be about ‘values’ and engendering a love for an EU superstate. A good example was given in our report on Wednesday when we quoted Thomas Schmit, EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights talking about ‘social rights’.

If Herr Schmit spent more time focusing on the ‘jobs’ part of his job description and the right of young people to be in gainful employment, then perhaps the outlook for the EU’s youth would improve. As it is, we believe the young people in the United Kingdom should be given more information about what it’s like to live in the EU.

This has been another report in Brexit Facts4EU.Org’s “Dare to Think Differently” series for the UK’s young people.

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[ Sources: EU Commission | ONS ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sat 09 Sept 2023

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