What age group comes under the heading “young people” in your country?

Grigori Reznichenko ::: Young people in the USSR. Answers to questions

People from 16 to 30 years of age. They make up about one-fifth of the country's population. But, of course, that is a rough definition.

At the age of 16 or 17, Soviet boys and girls will have completed their secondary education and will be deciding what they want to do next: they can take up a job (for this they must wait until they have passed their 16th birthday) or continue their studies. By the time a person is 30 he is usually well-established in his field of work, has acquired experience and is probably married. Those who come in between these two "points" are what we call young people. The lower limit is definite. The upper one is rather more vague since it applies to most, but not all. Some reach professional and civic maturity earlier, while others reach it after the age of 30.