How many children live in the European Union (EU)? And how has their share in the population evolved and is
expected to change in the future? Are the youngest children in your country cared for more often by their parents,
relatives, a child-minder or through a day-care centre? How do young people make the switch from school to work?
How are they affected by information and communication technologies in their everyday lives? Answers to these
questions and many more can be found in the flagship publication “Being young in Europe today” issued by Eurostat.
This new Eurostat publication provides an overview of the wealth of information related to children (those aged 0-
14) and young people (15-29) that is available on Eurostat’s website. These statistics play an important role in
evaluating progress toward the EU Youth Strategy. As Mariana Kotzeva, Deputy Director-General and Chief Editor
of Eurostat, says in the foreword of the publication: “This flagship publication on children and young people,
focusing on their concerns and interests, also illustrates Eurostat’s efforts to be closer to EU citizens by addressing
specific themes that are highly relevant for the general public. It aims to provide an insight into the past, current and
future situation of our youngest fellow citizens. The objective is to shed light on what it means ‘to be young in
Europe today’, ranging from attending school and participating in sport and leisure activities, to leaving the parental
home and entering professional life”.
“Being young in Europe today” is divided into seven chapters covering demography, family and society, health,
education, access to and participation in the labour market, living conditions and the digital world. This publication
is released together with an interactive infographic on young Europeans. This playful tool can be accessed on the
On the occasion of the launch of “Being young in Europe today”, a few days before the start of the 2015 European
Youth Week, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, presents in this News Release a small
selection of the indicators about children and youth in the EU that can be found in the publication.