Published: 27 November 2015

Young people leave childhood home later

According to Statistics Finland's family statistics, the share of young people aged 20 to 24 living at home has fallen clearly in the past twenty years, but in recent years, the share has evened out to around one-quarter. Young people leaving their childhood home is described by the number of persons aged 20 to 24 with the status of a child in the family. In 2014, the relative share of young people with the status of a child in the age group even grew. The growing share of young people with the status of a child is probably connected to them leaving home later in life and moving back home.

Young people aged 20 to 24 with the status of a child in 1993 to 2014

Young people aged 20 to 24 with the status of a child in 1993 to 2014

In 1995, as many as 42 per cent of those aged 20 to 24 had the status of a child, but at the end of 2014, the share was just 25 per cent. Young women become independent and move earlier from their childhood home than young men. Nowadays, nearly one-third of men still live with their parents at the age of 20 to 24, while only 18 per cent of women have the status of a child at that age. Six per cent of men aged 30 have the status of a child in their family, three per cent of women.

In June 1994, an act entered into force entitling everyone to choose their official municipality of residence. The act enabled students to move officially to their location of study. Between 1985 and 1993, even before the entry into force of the Act on the Municipality of Domicile, the share of young people aged 20 to 24 with the status of a child fell from 54 to 46 per cent. After the legislation entered into force, their share diminished even further. Data on the number of persons with the status of a child are not available for all years before 1993. The uniform time series is from 1993 onwards.


Source: Population and Justice Statistics, Statistics Finland

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Updated 27.11.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Families [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-3231. Annual Review 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.10.2019].
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