English grandparents – younger, working and have more grandchildren than other countries in Europe finds new study

28 jun 2012

English grandparents are relatively young, more likely to be in paid work and have more grandchildren on average than European grandparents according to new findings from a major study from the charity, Grandparents Plus. They are also less likely than their European counterparts to report poor health or depressive symptoms.

Based on data from 12 European states, the new research shows that 63% of people in England over 50 are grandparents, similar to in France and Austria, but more than in Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Only Belgium, Denmark and Sweden have a higher percentage of older people who are grandparents.

Read the preliminary findings briefing



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