In 2018, there were 223 million households in the European Union (EU). Almost one third (65 million) of these households had children living in them, informs Eurostat.
Mama miega su vaiku
© Shutterstock

Among the EU Member States, Ireland recorded the highest proportion of households with children (39%), ahead of Cyprus, Poland and Slovakia (all 36%) and Romania (35%). In contrast, the lowest shares were registered in Germany and Finland (both 22%), followed by Sweden (23%), Austria (25%) and Bulgaria (26%).

Share of households with three or more children highest in Ireland

At EU level, almost half of all households with children (47%, or 30.6 million households) consisted of only one child, while 40% of households (25.8 million) had two children, and 13% (8.5 million) three children or more.

The highest share of households with three or more children was registered in Ireland (26%), followed by Finland (19%), Belgium and France (both 18%), the Netherlands (17%) and the United Kingdom (16%). At the opposite end of the scale, less than 10% of households in Bulgaria (5%), Portugal (7%), Spain and Italy (both 8%), Lithuania (9%) and Latvia (10%) had three or more children in them.

Highest proportion of single-parent households in Denmark

At EU level, 15% of households with children were single-parents households.

Denmark (29%) and Estonia (28%) had the highest proportions of single-parent households among households with children, ahead of Lithuania and Sweden (both 25%), Latvia (23%), the United Kingdom (22%) and France (21%). In contrast, the lowest proportions of single-parent households were in Croatia (6% of all households with dependent children), Romania (7%), Greece, and Slovakia and Finland (all 8%).

It is forbidden to copy the text of this publication without a written permission from DELFI.

Looking for well-being and happiness? Lithuania has the answers

Tired of traffic jams in the morning - jobs that needed to be done yesterday - kids with never ending...

Mythical beast of Kaunas released

“This Beast is a true Kaunasian. It has many edges and lots of energy. The Beast can become the Ness...

Huge change in Lithuanian forests: environmentalists waited for it for ages

Just in a couple of years, the situation in Lithuanian forests and lakesides changed dramatically....

Top October 2019 events in Kaunas

After a very successful and intense cultural warmup in September, the second month of Autumn promises...

Vice president of reverse vending machines producer: Lithuania is biggest recent success story (1)

Since Lithuania introduced the packaging deposit system the results are astonishing for foreign...