What is the average European woman like?


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The average woman in the EU can expect to live 83.3 years. She starts school* at the age of 6 and leaves the parental home at the age of 25.1. She has her first child at the age of 28.9 and has, on average, 1.58 children.

She has completed tertiary education, is employed and works 39.3 hours per week, earning on average 16.2% less than men. She retires at the age of 58.8.

You can find more interesting facts and figures, as well as an infographic about the situation of women in the EU, on our new “Themes in the spotlight” page, published on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March.

*Start of compulsory education


Life expectancy by sex, 2015 (years) Mean age of women at birth of first child, 2015 (years)

Tertiary education by gender (%) Managers by gender, 2016 (%)


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