The idle youths of Spain


ONE in five youths in Spain aged between 15 and 29 neither work nor study (the so-called ‘ninis’ from the Spanish ‘ni trabajan ni estudian’), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports has reported.

Results of the latest Active Population Survey, published on Thursday (May 26) revealed that the 19.4 per cent of those in the age group had had no employment in the week prior to the survey, and had not been studying or receiving training in the previous month. 

Although the figure, based on a survey carried out in the third quarter of 2015, seems high, it is in fact lower than a year beforehand when 20.7 per cent of the youths were in this situation.

Men are less likely to be idle than women, the statistics show, with 19.2 per cent of the first confessing to being ‘ninis’ compared to 19.7 per cent of women.

Although the number of idle Spanish youths seems to be dropping, there are still a lot more of them than in other European countries according to statistics. 

The overall average for the European ‘28’ is registered as 14.8 per cent, a whopping 4.6 per cent lower than in Spain, and the only countries with higher percentages are Croatia (21.1 per cent), Romania (20.9 per cent), Bulgaria (22.2 per cent), Greece (24.1 per cent) and Italy (25.7 per cent).

At the other end of the scale, the busiest youths can be found in Sweden, where just 7.4 per cent are idle, Luxembourg (7.6 per cent), Denmark (7.7 per cent), Germany (8.5 per cent) and Austria (8.7 per cent).


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