The Majority of Young People in Slovenia Are Satisfied with Their Life – Statistics Service

On the eve of 12 August, the International Youth Day, experts of the Statistics Service published interesting data about the life of young people in the country. According to their information, at the end of 2017, 15.1% (312 thousand people) of the country’s population were young people aged 15 to 29 years. The most popular names among them were Luka and Anja.

According to data for 2016, 79.3% of young people lived together with their parents, which significantly exceeds the average European indicator of 65.7%. On average, at the age of 28, they began to live separately from their parents (girls at age of 27 and boys at age of 29).

Around 7% of young people were married during the study period. According to the latest available data for 2015, 4.9% of youth had a civil marriage. Three-quarters of them had children.

In 2017, 162,000 young people worked in the labour market (officially employed or self-employed). This figure makes 16.9% of the entire working-age population of the country. The level of labour activity of young people averaged 51.1% (55.8% among men and 46.8% among women).

By the end of 2017, the Student Service employed 32 thousand people; 5 thousand people were employed in the status of agency employees. The last year’s level of poverty risk among young people made 12.3%, which is 2.3% less than in 2016. In total, 69% of the youth regularly participated in side-work (during concerts, sports events, etc.), as evidenced by the Statistics Service.

According to polls, in 2017, the majority of young people rated their satisfaction with life at 7.9 out of 10. The availability of various material benefits is also an integral part of the life of Slovenian youth. Last year, 96% of young people at least once a month applied with friends and relatives to tourism agencies. Around 93% of young people weekly spent on themselves a small amount of money.

It should be noted that the International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to remind the public about the role of young people in development and peace-building, as well as the day-to-day challenges that stand in their way. The holiday was established by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 1999 (Resolution 54/120) on the proposal of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, which was held in Lisbon on 8–12 August 1998. The International Youth Day was first celebrated on 12 August 2000.