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International Day of Families: 2018


The International Day of Families is annually observed on May 15, with the aim of highlighting issues families face, also focusing on social, economic and demographic matters. In a press statement for the occasion, the National Statistics Office (NSO) has published the following data:

Household Dynamics

The European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) Survey for 2016 showed that the total number of households amounted to 165,475. The majority of these – 65.2 per cent – were households without dependent children, while 34.8 per cent had dependent children.

Of the 57,627 households with dependent children, 6,613 (4.0 per cent) were single parent households with one or more dependent children. Households that comprised of two adults and one dependent child amounted to 17,890 (10.8 per cent), while those with two adults and two dependent children totalled 16,894 (10.2 per cent).

Data from the Labour Force Survey also showed that as at 2016, there were a total of 86,886 parents living in the same household as their children. Of these, 47,108 were mothers and 39,778 were fathers.

Parents in employment amounted to 64,904 or 74.7 per cent of all parents in 2016, as opposed to 64,968 (74.2 per cent) in 2015.

In 2016, 57.1 per cent of mothers with children aged up to 17 years were in employment, and 39.3 per cent were inactive, while the rest were unemployed. Of the 26,883 employed mothers, 16,616 (61.8 per cent) were in full time employment and 10,267 (38.2 per cent) were in part time employment.

The absolute majority, 38,021 (95.6 per cent) of fathers were in employment during 2016, 3.0 per cent were inactive, while those unemployed were in the minority. Furthermore, the absolute majority of working fathers (97.6 per cent) were employed on a full-time basis.

The average gross annual salary of working parents has been increasing since 2011. The year-on-year increase between 2016 and 2015 was of 2.6 per cent. The average gross annual salary of working fathers in 2016 stood at €20,758 as opposed to €15,713 of working mothers.


While the total number of resident live births in Malta declined between 2011 and 2013, numbers have been on the increase since 2014, and totalled 4,476 in 2016.

During the same year, Malta’s fertility rate stood at 1.37, standing below the EU average of 1.60.

Of the 4,476 live births registered with the Public Authorities in Malta during 2016, 84 percent were born to Maltese mothers. Slightly more than half of the live births (53 percent) were boys.

The average age of mothers at childbirth increased throughout recent years, standing at 29.3 in 2011 and 30.2 in 2016.


In general, the number of marriages registered in Malta and Gozo, increased between 2011 (2,562) and 2016 (3,034). Data shows that while civil marriages have been on a constant increase since 2011 there was a decline in religious ones.

Just over half (1,571) of the marriages registered were between Maltese citizens, 115 were between a Maltese bride and a foreign groom, whereas 196 had a Maltese groom and a foreign bride. Marriages registered in 2016 in Malta and Gozo between foreigners totalled 987.

Marriage Dissolutions

The number of marriage dissolutions also registered an increase between 2011 and 2016. Registered separations increased from 518 in 2011 to 701 in 2016. As one would expect, with the enactment of the divorce law at the end of 2011, the number of divorces recognised by the Maltese Authorities spiked from 115 in 2011 to 510 in 2012. An inverse trend can be noted in the number of registered annulments. Out of 500 divorces by the Maltese Authorities in 2016, 371 were obtained locally and 129 were obtained from foreign countries.


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