If you ever woke up in horror on a Sunday morning to find your mother stumbling in your room as last night’s conquest fakes being asleep, you’re not alone. EU statistics have shown that almost half of all Maltese people aged between 25 and 34 still live at home with their parents.
Perennial mummy’s boys and daddy’s girls, the average Maltese adult leaves their parental home at roughly 31. However, Maltese men are much more likely than women to go on living at home with their parents well into their 20s and 30s.
Rising property prices don’t seem to help, but given that figures have remained relatively consistent over a decade, it could also be argued that Maltese adults are simply do not leave the nest even though they hold a full-time job.
Even though it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it might be, it has been suggested in the past that while Nordic countries encourage independence, Mediterranean cultures can still be protective over their children.
Geography also plays a factor, and a lot of people in Malta would also prefer saving up to buy a house than enter the ever-inflating rental market.
Conservative Malta may also be partly to blame, with some people still worrying about what nanna would think if they dared live alone without being married (even though the sex-outside-of-marriage ship sailed a long time ago).
Just one question remains: how long would you have to live at home with your parents till people start thinking you moved in to take care of them because you’re a fantastic human being?