Young people in Cyprus left the house of their parents on average at the age of 27.2 years in 2021, a little below the European Union average which was at 26.5 years, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistics service of the EU.
This average age varies greatly among different EU member states. In 2021, the oldest average ages, all at 30 years or higher, were recorded in Portugal (33.6 years), Croatia (33.3 years), Slovakia (30.9 years), Greece (30.7 years) and Bulgaria (30.3 years).
By contrast, Sweden (19.0 years), Finland (21.2 years), Denmark (21.3 years) and Estonia (22.7 years) recorded the lowest average ages, all under 23 years old.
In most northern and western countries, young people left the parental home on average in their early to mid-twenties, while in southern and eastern countries, the average age was in the late twenties or early thirties.
In the EU, on average, males left the parental household at the age of 27.4 years and females at 25.5 years in 2021. This trend was observed in all countries, which means that young women moved out of the parental household on average earlier than young men.
Men left their parental home, on average, after the age of 30 in 11 EU countries (Croatia, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Malta, Spain, Romania and Poland) while this is the case for women in only two countries (Portugal and Croatia).
The widest gender gap was found in Romania, where young males left at 30.3 years and females at 25.6 years (4.7 year gender gap), followed by Bulgaria (3.5 year gap), with males moving out at 32.0 years and females at 28.5 years.
Sweden, Denmark and Ireland recorded the narrowest gaps between young males and females leaving the parental home: 0.4, 0.5 and 0.9 years, respectively.
The gender gap was more pronounced in countries where young people left the parental home later and less apparent in countries where they left earlier.
In Cyprus, young men on average left the parental home at 28.0 years and women left at 26.5 years, a difference of 1.5 years.