Seniors are very present among elected representatives both locally and internationally. However, their proportion varies from one country to another, on average British people elect representatives who are older than those elected by Belgian, German, and French people.
On average, British Councillors are 60.2 years old. They are a year older than French maires who are on average 58.2 or German Burgmeisters, half of whom are 50 to 59 years old.
In Germany, Bundestag MPs are 49.7 years old on average. They are slightly younger than House of Commons’ MPs (51.2) but significantly younger than French MPs who are 62.8 on average.
Age structure in the UK
The UK is one of the countries with the oldest political figures (along with France). 63% of MPs are between 40 and 59 years old. 39% of Councillors were between 60 and 69 years old in 2013.
Age structure in the other countries
Germany has the youngest political figures, with an average age of 49.7 years. Unlike in the UK, where most of political personalities are between 60 and 69 years old, 48% of Burgermeisters (German mayors) are between 50 and 58 years old.
As in the UK, most of the French local politicians are between 60 and 69 years old (41%), with an average age of 58.2. French MPs are older: 33% of them are between 60 and 69 years old with an average age of 62.8. Senators are even older: 41% of them are between 60 and 69 years old, with an average age of 64.1 years.
Belgian politicians are younger than British politicians. However, they remain slightly older than German politicians. Most Belgian MPs are aged 40 – 49 (37%). They are 49.3 years old on average. Senators are slightly older, with an average age of 52. Almost half of them are between 50 and 59 years old.
Sources : Seniosphère Conseil
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