Men prefer to cook than women

Women cook, men eat: EU statistics show differences

This distribution of tasks may be presented in a somewhat abbreviated form, but it will certainly sound familiar to one or the other: the woman cooks and the man eats. This is the case in most European households, as a study shows.

Most of the cooking in Europe is still done by women, but men are more likely to eat and drink their stomachs. According to the Eurostat statistics office, 79 percent of women did the daily housework and cooking last year. It was only 34 percent for men.

At the same time, 57.3 percent of male EU citizens were overweight. Of the women, 43.7 percent were too fat. The gap in alcohol consumption is similar: 38 percent of men over the age of 18 stated that they drink alcohol "weekly, but not daily"; for women it was 23 percent.

Big differences in wages

Eurostat also shows the wage gap between women and men in detail. According to this, the largest wage differences in 2014 were in Estonia (26.9 percent), the Czech Republic (22.5 percent) and Germany (22.0 percent). A female manager in Germany earned around 34 euros an hour, while her male colleague earned more than 46 euros. The proportion of women among managers in Germany in 2016 was 29 percent, below the EU average of 33 percent. The Latvians were top with 47 percent.

The numbers are in a new digital brochure entitled "The Lives of Women and Men in Europe - A Statistical Portrait". It shows similarities and differences in the everyday life of women and men. It is divided into the three chapters "Living, growing up, aging ...", "Learning, working, earning money ..." and "Eating, shopping, surfing, maintaining social contacts".

Much of the knowledge is not new, but taken together they provide a good overview of the differences and similarities between men and women in the 28 Member States of the European Union.

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  • Life,
  • Family,
  • Family life,
  • Men,
  • Women
  • Household,
  • Cook,
  • Genders,
  • Salary differences,
  • statistics