Ms. Anna Agrapetidou, is a Ph.D. Candidate
Economics, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
The map shows the share of young people aged 25-34 living with their parents. As one can see, there are large differences across the European countries. For example, fewer than 2% of Danish young adults live with their parents while more than 50% of their Greek counterparts do. The percentage of young adults still living with their parents ranges from 1.8% to 56.6% across Europe. Slovakia has the highest percentage (56.6%) while Denmark has the lowest (1.8%). These differences may be driven by a combination of cultural and economic reasons.
The recent financial crisis, high unemployment, low salaries, and expensive rent may act as deterrents for young people to move out of their parents’ houses and start households of their own.
For high-income countries such as Norway or Germany the percentage of young people living at their parents’ house is lower than in the countries with less average income. It is noteworthy, that despite the fact that Italy is a high-income country the percentage of young adults living with their parents is still high. This may be the result of regional social traditions. In the Mediterranean, and especially in Italy and Greece the people are more family centered and there is no cultural prejudice against young people living with their parents.