In 2020, there were 195.4 million households in the European Union (EU). Almost one-third of these households (29%) had children living with them. Approximately 14% of households with children (7.8 million households) consisted of single parents, accounting for 4% of total households.
Share of single-parent households differs greatly between countries. Looking at the share of single-parent households among all households with children, six countries recorded a share of over 20% of all households with children: Sweden (34%,), Denmark (29%), Estonia (28%), Latvia and Lithuania(both 25%) and France (21%).In contrast, the lowest shares were registered in Croatia (5%), Romania (7%) and Finland (8%).