More than a quarter of 25-year-old adults in Germany were still living in their parents’ house last year (27.3 percent). According to the Federal Statistical Office, 9.2 percent of the 30-year-olds still lived with their parents. Sons still take longer than daughters: young men were on average 24.5 years old when they moved out, young women 23.0.

The average age when moving out in Germany was 23.8 years, regardless of gender. In an EU-wide comparison, this is relatively early, here the average is 26.4 years, as the Federal Office reports, citing estimates from the EU statistical authority Eurostat.

This is mainly due to the southern and eastern European countries. In Croatia, the average departure age was 33.4, the highest in the EU, followed by Slovakia at 30.8 and Greece at 30.7.

On the other hand, young people in northern European countries fledge earlier than in Germany: in Finland at an average age of 21.3 years, in Sweden at 21.4 years and in Denmark at 21.7 years, as the Federal Office announced. The trend that young women are more likely to take the step into self-employment is confirmed in all EU countries.