More Maltese women over 65 living alone – EUROSTAT

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    More Maltese women aged 65 and over are living alone compared to Maltese males, figures from a recent EUROSTAT report show.

    The 2019 edition of ‘Aging Europe’, reports that in 2017 around 35% of Maltese women over 65 were living alone, compared to the 21% of Male over 65s in the same household set up.

    Conversely, there were more over 65 Males living in a household as a couple without other persons (49%) compared to women (37%). The figures show that in terms of the number of over 65 men and women living in other types of households were quite close in proportion, 29% for women and 29% for men.

    Compared to fellow Southern European member states, Italy shares similar numbers for over 65 women and men. The number of women living alone were recorded at 36%, in coupled households with others (34%) and other types of households (28%). For Italian over 65s, the percentages were 18% for those living alone, 52% for those in coupled households and 29% for those in other types of households.

    Figures for Greek women over 65 are far more concentrated. For those living alone (35%), in coupled households (33%) and other household set ups (31%). In comparison, Greek men over 65 were vastly more spread out; 12% for those living alone, 56% of those in coupled households and 32% of those in other types of households.

    Cyprus records the biggest differences between men and women over 65. According to the figures, 28% of Cypriot women over 65 were living alone, compared to 52% in coupled households and 22% in other types of households. Male Cypriots in this case were recorded to have only 8% living alone, 75% living in couple households and 16% in other types of households.

    Denmark recorded the highest number of over 65 women living alone in the EU28. This was recorded as 54%. The number living in coupled households were around 4% while those in other households were around 42%. Danish males over 65 in comparison, recorded 35% living alone, 60% living in coupled households and 4% living in other types of households.  

    Overall, the EU average for over 65 women living alone was recorded at 40% and around 22% for men.

    Most rooms per person in the EU

    The report also finds that Maltese over 65s living alone in 2017, had the most rooms per person in a household.

    This was calculated to be around 5.3 rooms per one person over 65, the highest in the EU.  Maltese households with two adults over 65 were recorded to be around 2.8 rooms per person while ‘All Households’ overall, were recorded to be around 2.1 rooms per person.  

    Compared to fellow Southern EU states, Spain had a similar situation with one person households recorded as 4.7 rooms per person, 2.5 rooms for households of two adults and around 1.8 rooms for ‘All Households’.