Italy and Norway are characterised by different household patterns among young adults, with Italians being more likely to live with their parents. We conduct multivariate analyses of the interaction of gender, sociocultural background and economic activity indicators at the individual level. We use EU-SILC microdata for 2007, a year when the economic prospects and the labour market situation were relatively stable in both countries. The results confirm a different youth living arrangements behaviour by country and, given the relevance of the employment condition for young Italians, predict a further delay in their leaving parental households during the economic crisis.