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People > Age structure > 65 years and over: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Faced with an aging population, thanks to a declining birth rate and longer-than-ever lifespans, Japan’s government is considering encouraging people to work until age 75.

For the year up to March 31, 2004, people aged 65 or older made up a record-high 19.24 percent of Japan’s population. In that same year, 1,129,239 babies were born, the lowest number of births since the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs began tracking statistics in 1968.

By the year 2030, Japan’s population is expected to be 10 million less than its current level and one in five people will be 65 or older.

Honda introduced a program in 2003 that allows staff to work for up to one year beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60, but hiring depends on the company’s staffing needs. Mitsubishi Electric allows employees to work until the age of 60 right now and is considering extending that to 65.

DEFINITION: The distribution of the population according to age. Information is included by sex and age group (0-14 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over). The age structure of a population affects a nation's key socioeconomic issues. Countries with young populations (high percentage under age 15) need to invest more in schools, while countries with older populations (high percentage ages 65 and over) need to invest more in the health sector. The age structure can also be used to help predict potential political issues. For example, the rapid growth of a young adult population unable to find employment can lead to unrest.".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Monaco 28.7% 2013
2 Japan 24.8% 2013
3 Germany 20.9% 2013
4 Italy 20.8% 2013
5 Sweden 20.5% 2013
6 Greece 20.1% 2013
7 Finland 19.2% 2013
8 Isle of Man 19.1% 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 18.91% 2013
=9 Bulgaria 18.9% 2013
=9 Austria 18.9% 2013
11 Belgium 18.7% 2013
12 San Marino 18.5% 2013
13 Portugal 18.4% 2013
14 Estonia 18.2% 2013
15 Denmark 18% 2013
=16 France 17.9% 2013
=16 Guernsey 17.9% 2013
18 Virgin Islands 17.8% 2013
Western Europe average (profile) 17.71% 2013
19 Czech Republic 17.6% 2013
=20 Hungary 17.5% 2013
=20 Slovenia 17.5% 2013
=20 Spain 17.5% 2013
23 Croatia 17.4% 2013
24 European Union 17.33% 2009
European Union average (profile) 17.31% 2013
=25 United Kingdom 17.3% 2013
=25 Switzerland 17.3% 2013
Eurozone average (profile) 17.29% 2013
Southern Europe average (profile) 17.26% 2013
27 Malta 17.2% 2013
=28 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 17.1% 2013
=28 Netherlands 17.1% 2013
=28 Latvia 17.1% 2013
31 Serbia 16.9% 2013
=32 Canada 16.8% 2013
=32 Norway 16.8% 2013
=32 Lithuania 16.8% 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 16.7% 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 16.67% 2013
35 Serbia and Montenegro 16.5% 2011
36 Puerto Rico 16.4% 2013
37 Georgia 16.2% 2013
38 Bermuda 16% 2013
39 Norfolk Island 15.9% 2013
Europe average (profile) 15.8% 2013
40 Ukraine 15.6% 2013
=41 Jersey 15.4% 2013
=41 Liechtenstein 15.4% 2013
=41 Faroe Islands 15.4% 2013
44 Luxembourg 15.2% 2013
45 Romania 15.1% 2013
46 Australia 14.7% 2013
Non-religious countries average (profile) 14.66% 2013
47 Gibraltar 14.6% 2013
48 Poland 14.5% 2013
49 Hong Kong 14.4% 2013
=50 New Zealand 14% 2013
=50 Belarus 14% 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 13.95% 2013
=52 United States 13.9% 2013
=52 Uruguay 13.9% 2013
=54 Montenegro 13.8% 2013
=54 Andorra 13.8% 2013
Cold countries average (profile) 13.7% 2013
56 Slovakia 13.4% 2013
57 Saint Barthelemy 13.3% 2013
=58 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 13.2% 2013
=58 Iceland 13.2% 2013
60 Russia 13.1% 2013
61 Bosnia and Herzegovina 12.9% 2013
=62 South Korea 12.3% 2013
=62 Cuba 12.3% 2013
=64 Ireland 12.1% 2013
=64 Republic of Macedonia 12.1% 2013
66 Aruba 11.9% 2013
Tourist destinations average (profile) 11.82% 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 11.71% 2013
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 11.65% 2013
67 Taiwan 11.6% 2013
68 Argentina 11.3% 2013
69 Cyprus 11% 2013
70 Albania 10.8% 2013
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 10.77% 2013
=71 Moldova 10.7% 2013
=71 Cayman Islands 10.7% 2013
Densely populated countries average (profile) 10.64% 2013
=73 Martinique 10.6% 2011
=73 Cook Islands 10.6% 2013
75 Israel 10.5% 2013
76 Dominica 10.4% 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 10.36% 2013
=77 Barbados 10.2% 2013
=77 Saint Lucia 10.2% 2013
79 Saint Helena 10% 2011
Catholic countries average (profile) 9.96% 2013
Christian countries average (profile) 9.93% 2013
=80 Thailand 9.8% 2013
=80 Armenia 9.8% 2013
82 Chile 9.7% 2013
83 North Korea 9.5% 2013
=84 Lebanon 9.4% 2013
=84 China 9.4% 2013
=86 Guadeloupe 9.2% 2011
=86 Grenada 9.2% 2013
88 Trinidad and Tobago 9.1% 2013
89 Macau 8.8% 2013
90 Netherlands Antilles 8.7% 2011
91 Wallis and Futuna 8.6% 2013
=92 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 8.4% 2013
=92 Sri Lanka 8.4% 2013
=94 Guam 8.2% 2013
=94 New Caledonia 8.2% 2013
=96 Anguilla 8.1% 2013
=96 Greenland 8.1% 2013
=96 Singapore 8.1% 2013
99 Mauritius 8% 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 7.86% 2013
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis 7.8% 2013
=101 Jamaica 7.7% 2013
=101 Tunisia 7.7% 2013
=103 Panama 7.6% 2013
=103 British Virgin Islands 7.6% 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 7.35% 2013
=105 Brazil 7.3% 2013
=105 Seychelles 7.3% 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 7.22% 2013
107 Antigua and Barbuda 7.1% 2013
=108 Dominican Republic 6.9% 2013
=108 Kosovo 6.9% 2013
=108 Mexico 6.9% 2013
=108 French Polynesia 6.9% 2013
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 6.87% 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 6.85% 2013
=112 Costa Rica 6.8% 2013
=112 Palau 6.8% 2013
=112 Kazakhstan 6.8% 2013
=115 Ecuador 6.7% 2013
=115 El Salvador 6.7% 2013
=115 The Bahamas 6.7% 2013
=115 Peru 6.7% 2013
=119 Turkey 6.6% 2013
=119 Saint Martin 6.6% 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 6.58% 2013
121 Colombia 6.5% 2013
=122 Indonesia 6.4% 2013
=122 Paraguay 6.4% 2013
=124 Morocco 6.3% 2013
=124 French Guiana 6.3% 2011
=124 Azerbaijan 6.3% 2013
=127 Tonga 6.2% 2013
=127 Reunion 6.2% 2011
=127 Montserrat 6.2% 2013
130 South Africa 6.1% 2013
131 Bhutan 5.9% 2013
Former British colonies average (profile) 5.81% 2013
132 Venezuela 5.8% 2013
133 India 5.7% 2013
=134 Fiji 5.6% 2013
=134 Suriname 5.6% 2013
=134 Vietnam 5.6% 2013
=137 Samoa 5.4% 2013
=137 Lesotho 5.4% 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 5.33% 2013
=139 Malaysia 5.3% 2013
=139 Tuvalu 5.3% 2013
=141 Cape Verde 5.2% 2013
=141 Burma 5.2% 2013
=143 Jordan 5.1% 2013
=143 Iran 5.1% 2013
=143 Algeria 5.1% 2013
=143 Guyana 5.1% 2013
147 Tokelau 5% 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 4.94% 2013
=148 Bangladesh 4.9% 2013
=148 Kyrgyzstan 4.9% 2013
=150 Bolivia 4.8% 2013
=150 Egypt 4.8% 2013
=152 American Samoa 4.7% 2013
=152 Uzbekistan 4.7% 2013
=152 Nicaragua 4.7% 2013
South Asia average (profile) 4.66% 2013
155 Nepal 4.5% 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 4.47% 2013
156 Philippines 4.4% 2013
=157 Pakistan 4.3% 2013
=157 Northern Mariana Islands 4.3% 2013
=157 Namibia 4.3% 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 4.24% 2013
=160 Turkmenistan 4.2% 2013
=160 Maldives 4.2% 2013
=162 Turks and Caicos Islands 4.1% 2013
=162 Ghana 4.1% 2013
=162 Guatemala 4.1% 2013
=162 Equatorial Guinea 4.1% 2013
=162 Haiti 4.1% 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 4.01% 2013
=167 Botswana 4% 2013
=167 Solomon Islands 4% 2013
=167 Mongolia 4% 2013
=170 Libya 3.9% 2013
=170 Syria 3.9% 2013
=170 Cambodia 3.9% 2013
=170 Kiribati 3.9% 2013
=170 Honduras 3.9% 2013
=175 Papua New Guinea 3.8% 2013
=175 Gabon 3.8% 2013
=175 West Bank 3.8% 2013
=175 Brunei 3.8% 2013
=179 Swaziland 3.7% 2013
=179 Sierra Leone 3.7% 2013
=179 Eritrea 3.7% 2013
=179 Laos 3.7% 2013
=179 Comoros 3.7% 2013
=184 East Timor 3.6% 2013
=184 Vanuatu 3.6% 2013
=184 Central African Republic 3.6% 2013
=184 Guinea 3.6% 2013
=184 Belize 3.6% 2013
=184 Zimbabwe 3.6% 2013
=184 Western Sahara 3.6% 2013
=191 Mauritania 3.5% 2013
=191 Djibouti 3.5% 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 3.47% 2013
193 Cameroon 3.4% 2013
=194 Sudan 3.3% 2013
=194 Marshall Islands 3.3% 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 3.27% 2013
=196 Tajikistan 3.2% 2013
=196 The Gambia 3.2% 2013
=196 Oman 3.2% 2013
=196 Cote d'Ivoire 3.2% 2013
=196 Federated States of Micronesia 3.2% 2013
=196 Togo 3.2% 2013
=196 Iraq 3.2% 2013
=196 Guinea-Bissau 3.2% 2013
failed states average (profile) 3.13% 2013
=204 Madagascar 3.1% 2013
=204 Saudi Arabia 3.1% 2013
=206 Liberia 3% 2013
=206 Nigeria 3% 2013
=206 Sao Tome and Principe 3% 2013
=206 Mali 3% 2013
=210 Tanzania 2.9% 2013
=210 Senegal 2.9% 2013
=210 Angola 2.9% 2013
=210 Chad 2.9% 2013
=210 Mozambique 2.9% 2013
=215 Ethiopia 2.8% 2013
=215 Benin 2.8% 2013
=217 Congo, Republic of the 2.7% 2013
=217 Malawi 2.7% 2013
=217 Kenya 2.7% 2013
=220 Gaza Strip 2.6% 2013
=220 Bahrain 2.6% 2013
=220 Yemen 2.6% 2013
=220 Niger 2.6% 2013
=220 Democratic Republic of the Congo 2.6% 2013
=225 Burkina Faso 2.5% 2013
=225 Afghanistan 2.5% 2013
=225 Rwanda 2.5% 2013
=225 Burundi 2.5% 2013
=229 Zambia 2.4% 2013
=229 Mayotte 2.4% 2011
231 Somalia 2.3% 2013
=232 Uganda 2.1% 2013
=232 Kuwait 2.1% 2013
=232 South Sudan 2.1% 2013
235 Nauru 1.8% 2013
236 United Arab Emirates 1% 2013
237 Qatar 0.8% 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Age structure > 65 years and over. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Age-structure/65-years-and-over

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Conflict

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Cost of living

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Crime

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TOP STATS: Crime levels, Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate, Suicide rates > Suicide rate (both sexes) and 183 more

Culture

TOP STATS: Food and drink > Beer consumption, Happy Planet Index, Smoking > Cigarettes per adult per year and 67 more

Disasters

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Economy

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TOP STATS: GDP, Population below poverty line, GDP per capita and 3717 more

Education

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TOP STATS: Electricity > Consumption, Oil > Consumption, Electric power consumption > KWh per capita and 2387 more

Environment

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TOP STATS: Area > Comparative, Geographic coordinates, Natural resources and 102 more

Government

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TOP STATS: Government type, Legal system, Political pressure groups and leaders and 392 more

Health

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TOP STATS: Physicians > Per 1,000 people, Births and maternity > Total fertility rate, Obesity and 529 more

Industry

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TOP STATS: Manufacturing, value added > Current US$ per capita, Manufacturing output, Gross value added by manufacturing and 94 more

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TOP STATS: Labor force > By occupation, Unemployment rate, Salaries and benefits > Hourly minimum wage and 374 more

Language

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TOP STATS: Languages, Major language(s), French status and 21 more

Lifestyle

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People

Facts relating to the actual life of people are found here. So we have birth and death rates, marriage and divorce rates, single parents, one-person households and teenage pregnancies, size of households and elderly institutions, ethnicity and chinese population - just about every stat you always wanted to know! What is the average age of women when they first get married? How happy are they when compared to their mothers? What is the gender development index in different countries? What will the population be in 2020? Don't miss this category even if you didn't come searching for it specifically.

TOP STATS: Population, Ethnic groups, Birth rate and 1058 more

Religion

Where else could you find the number of Catholics, Catholic priests, Catholic parishes, Jehovahs Witnesses and the number of permanent deacons, and compare them all between major nations in a per-capita format? Check them all here.

TOP STATS: Religions, Major religion(s), Buddhism > By Country > Buddhism > Buddhist total and 111 more

Sports

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Terrorism

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Transport

Here you can find the numbers on the different modes of transportation. How many cars does a country have? Airports? What is the lenght of its highways? What proportion is paved? What about runways, heliports and ports? Lets not leave out waterways or the merchant navy. We have them all here.

TOP STATS: Airports, Ports and terminals, Roadways > Unpaved and 445 more

Travel

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STAT
COUNTRIES COVERED
Females 225
Females per 1000 201
From total 226
Males 225
Males per 1000 201

Interesting observations about People > Age structure > 65 years and over

Monaco ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Christian countries in 2013.
Virgin Islands ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Hot countries in 2013.
Japan ranked second for age structure > 65 years and over globally in 2013.
Canada ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
Italy ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Catholic countries in 2013.
Albania ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
Germany ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Cold countries in 2013.
Austria ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Landlocked countries in 2013.
Australia ranked second for age structure > 65 years and over amongst East Asia and Pacific in 2013.
Mauritius ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.
Israel ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.

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Faced with an aging population, thanks to a declining birth rate and longer-than-ever lifespans, Japan’s government is considering encouraging people to work until age 75.

For the year up to March 31, 2004, people aged 65 or older made up a record-high 19.24 percent of Japan’s population. In that same year, 1,129,239 babies were born, the lowest number of births since the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs began tracking statistics in 1968.

By the year 2030, Japan’s population is expected to be 10 million less than its current level and one in five people will be 65 or older.

Honda introduced a program in 2003 that allows staff to work for up to one year beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60, but hiring depends on the company’s staffing needs. Mitsubishi Electric allows employees to work until the age of 60 right now and is considering extending that to 65.

Posted on 29 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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I appreciate being able to use the statistics. I am writing a paper and the numbers are very helpful.

Posted on 21 Jun 2010

Keith R

Keith R

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I dont understand any of it because I am only 10 years old.

Posted on 12 Nov 2009

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