FES | Federación Española de Sociología



We are pleased to present you with a new issue of FUNCAS' Focus on Spanish Society.

In the section Spain in Europe we examine different issues related with families and children.

We show first that women in Spain become mothers later than in other European countries. Spain ranks second in the European Union (after Italy), as regards the mean age of women at the birth of their first child (30.7), but it ranks first when we focus on the mean age of mothers at the birth of their second child (33.1). This evidence coincides with a comparatively very low level of social protection benefits intended to address the risks and needs associated with families and children. Hence, while Nordic countries allocate around 1,500 euros per inhabitant to families and children, Spain and other Southern European countries devote approximately between 200 and 400 euros per inhabitant to this social function.

The section Public Opinion Trends includes survey evidence about the worsening perceptions of pensions as public benefits. Thus, despite growing pension expenditure, the percentages of people who think that too few resources are dedicated to pensions or who claim to be scarcely or not at all satisfied with public pension management are increasing.

Finally, in the section Follow-up Social Data you can find updated statistics on Spanish demography, families, labour market, education, health and social protection

We hope you find this publication a valuable tool to support your analysis and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

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