First results of the Balearic Islands Youth Survey

Jul 1, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ More than 3,000 young people have been interviewed on vital aspects such as health, leisure, education, training, sexuality, work, emancipation, housing and future prospects.

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Balearic Islands Youth Survey

\Waiting for the analysis and study of the data, there are already some initial data.

The macro-survey developed by the Regional Ministry of Social Affairs and Sports through the Balearic Youth Institute (IBJOVE), in collaboration with the Institute of Statistics of the Balearic Islands (IBESTAT) and the island councils, has its first data. In the absence of the analysis document, there are already some initial results of the survey in which more than 3,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 34 who live in the Balearic Islands took part. A survey of 192 questions to find out about the vital aspects that affect young people and to have a tool of knowledge, as never before, of the reality, needs and demands of young people in order to develop the most appropriate policies aimed at improving the quality of life of young people.

Until now, there have been partial studies but no results from such a wide and representative sample, both from a territorial and thematic point of view. Thus, it gathers information on education and training; emancipation; occupation and housing; leisure and the Internet; culture and language; participation and politics; health, sexuality and lifestyles; and general satisfaction and expectations for the future.

This quantitative information and the analysis now being carried out by experts in each area will be of great use in drawing up the Strategic Youth Plan established by the current Youth Policy Act.

These are some of the data.


-Around 30% of young people are currently studying.

-Around 20% of young people in the Balearic Islands have studied at university (23.3% of women and 15.2% of men).


-The average age at which young people start paid work is 18.5 years old.

-Hospitality and commerce are the most common sectors for young people’s first job.

-On average, young people start paying contributions from the age of 19.

-Around 70% of young people in the Balearic Islands work in the private sector.

-Around 75% of young people working on the islands work full time.

-Around 80% of young people who work on the islands do so with a permanent employment contract.


-34.3% of young people in the Balearic Islands are emancipated; and of those who have not emancipated themselves, around 40% say that they do not do so because of a lack of affordable housing.

-The average age of emancipation among young people in the Balearic Islands is 22.

-One out of every three young people who have become independent has done so with their partner.

-Almost eight out of every ten young people who have become independent have done so in rented accommodation.

-More than 50% of young people who have opted to rent have done so because of the difficulties of accessing a mortgage.

-Of those who have been able to buy a home, 46.5% say that they have opted to buy because renting is equally or more expensive.

-Seven out of ten young people spend more than 50% of their monthly income on housing.

-Around 32% of young people have problems paying their rent or monthly payment.

-One in ten young people who become emancipated have to move back in with the family.

-One third of young people say that their financial situation has improved compared to their original home; one third say it has remained the same and one third say it has worsened since becoming independent.


-More than 30% of young people have ever taken part in educational leisure activities.

-Almost 50% of young people spend between 1 and 3 hours a day using the Internet.

-Around 80% of young people in the Balearic Islands say that they never play online gambling and of those who do (20%), 40% gamble money on a regular basis.


-Around 50% of young people in the Balearic Islands have been to the cinema in the last three months and the same percentage have been to a concert.

-Six out of ten young people have read at least one book in the last three months.

-Around 75% of young people have been out at night at least once in the last three months.


-16% of young people spoke only Catalan at home when they were growing up; 37% spoke only Castilian.

  • 5% used to speak only Catalan with their friends; 40% only in Spanish.
  • When addressing a stranger, 2.3% do so only in Catalan and 40.7% only in Spanish.


Percentage of young people who consider certain acts to be non-violent or not very serious:

-Insulting: 22% (men) 7.4% (women)

-Forbidding the other person to do things: 10.4% (men) 7.2% (women)

-Controlling their friendships: 19.4% (men) 9.8% (women)

-Getting angry at a no: 27% (men) 19.1% (women)

-Forcing to have sex: 0.4% (men) 0.6% (women)

-Emotional blackmail: 12% (men) 5.5% (women)

-Calling a person by a name you don’t identify with: 45.1% (men) 28.5% (women)


  • Young people do not agree at all that immigrants have more privileges than those born in Spain. The percentage of young people who think that immigrants have better job opportunities or have fewer problems in finding housing or that they are better valued socially is less than 3.2%.

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION (voluntary response)

-10.4% of young people have taken part in demonstrations or protests in the last year.

  • 25% consider themselves to be from their island, 11% from the Balearic Islands, 23% from Spain.

-One in three young people in the Balearic Islands agrees with the current relationship between the autonomous community and Spain.

-Around 65% of those surveyed say they are “not very” or “not at all” interested in politics.

-1.7% of young people consider that democracy works “very well” in Spain.

-Around 50% of young people in the Balearic Islands consider themselves atheists or agnostics.


Around 75% of young people have a self-perception of a good or very good state of health.

-One in five young people have been to a psychologist in the last twelve months.

-Around 60% of young people do sport at least once a week.

-6.5% of young people follow a vegetarian or similar diet.

-Around 20% of young people feel completely at ease with their body.

-One in three young people consume alcohol every week.

-Around 65% of young people never smoke tobacco.

-Around 30% of young people always use a condom when having sex.

-15% of women who have had sexual intercourse have become pregnant unintentionally.

-Around 35% of men in the Balearic Islands look at pornography every week.

-About 60% of young people have received counselling on sexuality.

-Around 65% of young people are satisfied with their lives.

-4% of young people consider that the current situation of young people is good or very good. 50% of young people consider it to be fair.