More than two-thirds of households in Latvia have no children

Statistics published by Eurostat November 20 show that well over two thirds of households in Latvia have no children in them, and that when there is a child present in a household, he or she is likely to be the only one. The figures are broadly in line with the rest of the European Union.

According to the figures, there are just over 862,000 households in Latvia. Of that number, 633,000 are households with no children, 125,000 are households with one child, 76,000 are households with two children and 27,000 are households with three or more children. That means there are around 228,000 households with children in them.

For households with children, those with 1 child were the most common in the EU. Almost half of the households with children had 1 child (49.5%) in 2022, while 38.1% had 2 children and 12.4% included 3 or more children. 

Households with 1 child were the most prevalent among households with children in all EU countries, except for the Netherlands, where households with 2 children had a higher percentage. More than half of the households with children were with 1 child in Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Spain and Hungary. 

Children in EU, 2022
Children in EU, 2022

Households with 3 children or more were the least common across all EU countries. Their percentage among all households with children ranged from 22.3% in Ireland, 21.2% in Sweden and 19.0% in Finland, to 6.3% in Portugal, 6.5% in Bulgaria and 7.4% in Italy. 

In 2022, in the EU, there were nearly 200 million private households. Slightly less than a quarter of those (24.3%) included children. Around 10% of households included either 1 child (12.1%) or 2 children (9.3%), while only 3.0% of the EU’s households included 3 children or more.

The total number of households in the EU rose by 6.9% between 2012 and 2022. The percentage of households which included at least 1 child decreased by 2.4 percentage points (pp) in the same period.

The highest shares of households with children were recorded in Slovakia (33.9%), Ireland (32.2%) and Cyprus (30.6%), while the lowest shares were in Finland (18.4%), Germany (20.1%) and the Netherlands (21.8%). 

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