Young Portuguese leave home at 27.9, above the EU average


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Young people in Portugal leave their parents’ home at the age of 27.9 on average, above the European Union (EU) average of 26.4, according to figures released today by Eurostat for the year 2022.

The highest average ages for leaving the parental home at 30 or over were recorded in Croatia (33.4), Slovakia (30.8), Greece (30.7), Bulgaria and Spain (both 30.3), Malta (30.1) and Italy (30.0).

In contrast, according to the EU statistical office, the lowest average ages, all under 23, were recorded in Finland (21.3), Sweden (21.4), Denmark (21.7) and Estonia (22.7).

Looking by gender, men (EU 27.3) leave their parents’ home later than women (EU 25.4), a difference shared by all 27 member states.

Portugal (30.4 years) is the ninth member state where men leave home after the age of 30, along with Croatia (34.7), Bulgaria (32.3), Greece (32.1), Slovakia (31.9), Spain (31), Italy (30.9), Malta and Slovenia (30.5 years each).

Croatia is the only EU country where women leave home after 30 (30.2), followed by Malta (29.8), Slovakia (29.7), Spain (29.5), Greece (29.2) and Portugal (29) along with Italy.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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