International Men's Day
19 November, International Men's Day
At the beginning of this year, there were almost 1% more men than women in Slovenia. Last year, the largest share of men, 28.1%, were married for the first time between the ages of 30 and 34. 71% of men (aged 16+) assessed their health as very good or good.
At the beginning of this year, there were 1,063,271 men in Slovenia, which was 9.6% more than at the time Slovenia won independence in 1991 (in the same period the number of women went up by 2.3%). The number of men exceeded the number of women for the first time in mid-2019. The reason for the inverted sex ratio is the larger number of foreign citizens, especially men: among all men, 4.7% were foreign citizens in mid-2008, and at the beginning of this year, 11.3%.
As regards EU Member States, in addition to Slovenia, last year only Sweden, Luxembourg and Malta had more men than women (measured by the so-called femininity index).
Fewer men in education only at the tertiary level
There are 4.9% more male students than female students enrolled in upper secondary education, and the reverse is true at the tertiary education level, as there are 26.8% fewer male students than female students. What about the educational attainment? There are 36.0% more men than women among Slovenian residents with supper secondary education; the opposite is true for those with basic education (28.9% fewer men than women) and those with tertiary education (29.6% fewer men than women).
Almost half of men are single
At the beginning of this year, the largest number of men aged 15 and over (428,448 or 47.6%) were single (never married). 43.6% were married, 6.1% were divorced, and 2.7% were widowed.
Last year, the largest share of men, 28.1%, were married for the first time between the ages of 30 and 34, and the largest share of women, 31.4%, between the ages of 25 and 29. Thirteen grooms and 72 brides were younger than 20 at the time of their first marriage, while, on the other hand, 264 grooms and 154 brides were 50 or older. The largest share of men, 18.2%, divorced at the age of 45–49, and of women, 20.1%, at the age of 40–44.
Men's wages higher than women's wages
There were almost 517,000 men in employment in Slovenia in 2022. The largest share of them, 10.3%, were metal, machinery and related trades workers, 8.8% were drivers and mobile plant operators, followed by building and related trades workers, excluding electricians with 8.1%.
Last year, average monthly net earnings of men in employment (according to provisional data) amounted to EUR 1,457, which was EUR 75 or 5.4% more than average monthly net earnings of women in employment.
17% of older men assessed their health as poor or very poor
Last year, 71% of men (16+ years) assessed their health as very good or good; on average, young people in the 15–24 age group felt the healthiest, as 91% assessed their health as very good or good. As expected, the elderly are the least satisfied with their health: 17% of men aged 65+ assessed their health as poor or very poor.
How do men take care of their health? Last year, 60% of men (16+ years) ate fruit at least once a day (75% of women did), while 66% of men (74% of women) ate vegetables at least once a day. 82% of men aged at least 16 engaged in physical activity at least once a week, 6% less than once a week and 12% never. Among women, 84% played sports at least once a week, 5% less than once a week and 11% never.
Men more often attend sporting events, and women cultural events
Last year, 91% of men and 89% of women (16+ years) socialised with friends at least once a month, while 88% of men and the same share of women socialised with relatives at least once a month.
27% of men (16+ years) attended sporting events last year (14% of women). Women attended cultural events more than men did (35% of women, 30% of men), while the shares of moviegoers were similar: 23% of all men and 22% of all women went to the cinema.
This year's theme: Zero male suicide
The International Men's Day is an annual event that has been celebrated since 1999 on 19 November in more than 70 countries around the world. This year's theme is "No male suicide". The mortality rate due to suicide in the EU-27 was 10.2 per 100,000 population in 2020, 16.9 for men and 4.5 for women. The highest rate among EU Member States was recorded in Lithuania (21.3, among men 38.0), and the lowest in Cyprus (3.5, among men 5.4). In Slovenia, the rate was 17.0 among all, and 29.7 among men. In no EU-27 Member State was the rate among women higher than among men.