German MPs are younger than British MPs.

German MPs are younger than British MPs.

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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.

Councillors : age structure in 2013
Source : Kettlewell, K. and Phillips, L. (2014). Censur of Local Authority Councillors 2013 (LGA Rsearch Report). Slough: NFER

 

MPs (House of Commons) : age structure in 2015
Source : the Smith Institue, Who governs Britain – a profile of MPs in the 2015 parliament

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.

Burgermeister : age structure en 2008
Source : Bertelsmann Stiftung 2008 (Sonderauswertung hauptamtliche Bürgermeister).

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.

Age structure 1st january of 2017
Source : www.assemblee-nationale.fr et www.senat.fr
Mayors : Age structure in 2014
Source : data.gouv.fr

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.

MPs : Age structure in 2017
Source : www.lachambre.be
Senators : Age structure in 2017
Source : Sénat de Belgique

Sources : Seniosphère Conseil


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