Big brothers! Poland in top five of largest families in EU

The figures released by Eurostat show that 13 percent of households with children in the EU have 3 or more kids. Andrzej Rybczyński/PAP

Poland is fourth in the EU for having large families.

Families with three or more children can be considered large and in the EU, Poland has the 4th most number of large families behind Germany, United Kingdom and France.

The figures released by Eurostat show that 13 percent of households with children in the EU have 3 or more kids.

In 2018, there were 223 million households in the European Union. Almost one third (65 million) of these households had children living in them.Eurostat

France topped the list, followed by the United Kingdom and then Germany. Poland came ahead of Italy, Spain and the Netherlands on the list of large families. Germany had the largest number of families with only one child, while France just piped the UK to the most families who had two children.

Ireland had the largest percentage of big families  with 26 percent of Irish families containing 3 or more children and Bulgaria having the smallest percentage of big families with 5 percent.

The research revealed that 15 percent of all families in the EU are single parent family units with Denmark (29 percent) having the highest percentage of single parent households and Croatia having the lowest with just 6 percent.Eurostat

In 2018, there were 223 million households in the European Union. Almost one third (65 million) of these households had children living in them.

The research revealed that 15 percent of all families in the EU are single parent family units with Denmark (29 percent) having the highest percentage of single parent households and Croatia having the lowest with just 6 percent.

Poland has the 4th most number of large families behind Germany, United Kingdom and France.John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

Last year at the 6th Polish Nationwide Convention of Large Families in Szczecin, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “There is no strong Poland without strong families. Thanks to you, your actions and the efforts of your mothers, we will have a strong, beautiful and proud Poland. 

“Thank you very much for all that. I deeply believe  that large families bear the burden of the next 100 years of our independence, large families are first and foremost a way to a greater Poland, to achieve the Poland of our dreams.”