Eurostat has published the rate of people aged 65 and over in each EU country. We rely on this official data to evaluate the weight of the senior population in the 28 Member States.
In 2014, people aged 65+ represented 18.5% of the total EU population, i.e. around 94 million people.
Germany and Italy have the highest share of people aged 65+: 20.8% and 21.4%. Both countries have a negative natural balance (more deaths than births) and hence more seniors than young people.
Eurostat has established demographic projections for Germany until 2060: with the current fertility rate (1.4), the German population will be reduced by 20 million people. Nevertheless, this projection does not take migration contributions into account. Thus, people over 60 years old will represent one person in three! For more information regarding the situation in Germany, take a look at our article: By 2035, the number of seniors will have increased in Europe.
On the contrary, some countries have a small share of people aged 65+. In Ireland, seniors represent 12.6% of the total population, 13.5% in Slovakia and 13.9% in Cyprus. These three countries are not affected by the ageing of their population thanks to their positive natural balance and their significant net migration.
Source : Eurostat
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