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Global parents Day – Eurostat figures on families with children

The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world. Since the 1980s, the important role of the family has increasingly come to the attention of the international community. The General Assembly adopted a number of resolutions, and proclaimed the International Year of the Family and the International Day of Families on May 15.

Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes also that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. Families remain at the centre of social life ensuring the well-being of their members, educating and socializing children and youth and caring for young and old.

More information about the Global Day of parents here

On this occasion, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union released new figures about families with children in the EU. Last year, the European Union computed 220 million households, almost a third of which (65.6 million) had dependent children (a dependent child is any child aged below 15, or any person aged between 15 and 24, who is socially and economically dependent on another household member).

Among the EU Member States, the highest proportion of households with children was recorded in Ireland (41%), ahead of Cyprus and Poland (both 38%), Malta, Portugal and Slovakia (all 36%).

In contrast, only about a fifth of households had children in Germany and Finland (22%), followed by Sweden (25%), Austria (26%) and Greece (27%). Find out more interesting figures from Eurostat here

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