Culture and society

Family in Germany

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What is a traditional family in your country? In Germany, a typical family is made up of a mother, father, and between one and three children. Both parents work, with one parent, usually the mother, working only part-time. Grandparents or other family members don't usually live in the same building, and often live in a different city. Factors like professional mobility have led to the core family – that is, parents and their school-aged children – being the most common group to share a home.

In most families, the parents are married. But there are also lots of single parents, parents living with a partner, or "patchwork" families.

There are statistically around 1.5 births for every woman of childbearing age between 15 and 49 in Germany. Lots of children grow up without siblings. When do young people start planning a family in your country? Here in Germany, people often wait for quite a while because they want to establish themselves professionally and financially first. Women start having children at an average age of 31 in Germany.

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