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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.".

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# 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
10 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
17 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
21 Slovenia 17.5% 2013
22 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
26 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
29 Netherlands 17.1% 2013
30 Latvia 17.1% 2013
31 Serbia 16.9% 2013
32 Canada 16.8% 2013
33 Norway 16.8% 2013
34 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
42 Liechtenstein 15.4% 2013
43 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
51 Belarus 14% 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 13.95% 2013
52 United States 13.9% 2013
53 Uruguay 13.9% 2013
54 Montenegro 13.8% 2013
55 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
59 Iceland 13.2% 2013
60 Russia 13.1% 2013
61 Bosnia and Herzegovina 12.9% 2013
62 South Korea 12.3% 2013
63 Cuba 12.3% 2013
64 Ireland 12.1% 2013
65 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
72 Cayman Islands 10.7% 2013
Densely populated countries average (profile) 10.64% 2013
73 Martinique 10.6% 2011
74 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
78 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
81 Armenia 9.8% 2013
82 Chile 9.7% 2013
83 North Korea 9.5% 2013
84 Lebanon 9.4% 2013
85 China 9.4% 2013
86 Guadeloupe 9.2% 2011
87 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
93 Sri Lanka 8.4% 2013
94 Guam 8.2% 2013
95 New Caledonia 8.2% 2013
96 Anguilla 8.1% 2013
97 Greenland 8.1% 2013
98 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
102 Tunisia 7.7% 2013
103 Panama 7.6% 2013
104 British Virgin Islands 7.6% 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 7.35% 2013
105 Brazil 7.3% 2013
106 Seychelles 7.3% 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 7.22% 2013
107 Antigua and Barbuda 7.1% 2013
108 Dominican Republic 6.9% 2013
109 Kosovo 6.9% 2013
110 Mexico 6.9% 2013
111 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
113 Palau 6.8% 2013
114 Kazakhstan 6.8% 2013
115 Ecuador 6.7% 2013
116 El Salvador 6.7% 2013
117 The Bahamas 6.7% 2013
118 Peru 6.7% 2013
119 Turkey 6.6% 2013
120 Saint Martin 6.6% 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 6.58% 2013
121 Colombia 6.5% 2013
122 Indonesia 6.4% 2013
123 Paraguay 6.4% 2013
124 Morocco 6.3% 2013
125 French Guiana 6.3% 2011
126 Azerbaijan 6.3% 2013
127 Tonga 6.2% 2013
128 Reunion 6.2% 2011
129 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
135 Suriname 5.6% 2013
136 Vietnam 5.6% 2013
137 Samoa 5.4% 2013
138 Lesotho 5.4% 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 5.33% 2013
139 Malaysia 5.3% 2013
140 Tuvalu 5.3% 2013
141 Cape Verde 5.2% 2013
142 Burma 5.2% 2013
143 Jordan 5.1% 2013
144 Iran 5.1% 2013
145 Algeria 5.1% 2013
146 Guyana 5.1% 2013
147 Tokelau 5% 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 4.94% 2013
148 Bangladesh 4.9% 2013
149 Kyrgyzstan 4.9% 2013
150 Bolivia 4.8% 2013
151 Egypt 4.8% 2013
152 American Samoa 4.7% 2013
153 Uzbekistan 4.7% 2013
154 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
158 Northern Mariana Islands 4.3% 2013
159 Namibia 4.3% 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 4.24% 2013
160 Turkmenistan 4.2% 2013
161 Maldives 4.2% 2013
162 Turks and Caicos Islands 4.1% 2013
163 Ghana 4.1% 2013
164 Guatemala 4.1% 2013
165 Equatorial Guinea 4.1% 2013
166 Haiti 4.1% 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 4.01% 2013
167 Botswana 4% 2013
168 Solomon Islands 4% 2013
169 Mongolia 4% 2013
170 Libya 3.9% 2013
171 Syria 3.9% 2013
172 Cambodia 3.9% 2013
173 Kiribati 3.9% 2013
174 Honduras 3.9% 2013
175 Papua New Guinea 3.8% 2013
176 Gabon 3.8% 2013
177 West Bank 3.8% 2013
178 Brunei 3.8% 2013
179 Swaziland 3.7% 2013
180 Sierra Leone 3.7% 2013
181 Eritrea 3.7% 2013
182 Laos 3.7% 2013
183 Comoros 3.7% 2013
184 East Timor 3.6% 2013
185 Vanuatu 3.6% 2013
186 Central African Republic 3.6% 2013
187 Guinea 3.6% 2013
188 Belize 3.6% 2013
189 Zimbabwe 3.6% 2013
190 Western Sahara 3.6% 2013
191 Mauritania 3.5% 2013
192 Djibouti 3.5% 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 3.47% 2013
193 Cameroon 3.4% 2013
194 Sudan 3.3% 2013
195 Marshall Islands 3.3% 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 3.27% 2013
196 Tajikistan 3.2% 2013
197 The Gambia 3.2% 2013
198 Oman 3.2% 2013
199 Cote d'Ivoire 3.2% 2013
200 Federated States of Micronesia 3.2% 2013
201 Togo 3.2% 2013
202 Iraq 3.2% 2013
203 Guinea-Bissau 3.2% 2013
failed states average (profile) 3.13% 2013
204 Madagascar 3.1% 2013
205 Saudi Arabia 3.1% 2013
206 Liberia 3% 2013
207 Nigeria 3% 2013
208 Sao Tome and Principe 3% 2013
209 Mali 3% 2013
210 Tanzania 2.9% 2013
211 Senegal 2.9% 2013
212 Angola 2.9% 2013
213 Chad 2.9% 2013
214 Mozambique 2.9% 2013
215 Ethiopia 2.8% 2013
216 Benin 2.8% 2013
217 Congo, Republic of the 2.7% 2013
218 Malawi 2.7% 2013
219 Kenya 2.7% 2013
220 Gaza Strip 2.6% 2013
221 Bahrain 2.6% 2013
222 Yemen 2.6% 2013
223 Niger 2.6% 2013
224 Democratic Republic of the Congo 2.6% 2013
225 Burkina Faso 2.5% 2013
226 Afghanistan 2.5% 2013
227 Rwanda 2.5% 2013
228 Burundi 2.5% 2013
229 Zambia 2.4% 2013
230 Mayotte 2.4% 2011
231 Somalia 2.3% 2013
232 Uganda 2.1% 2013
233 Kuwait 2.1% 2013
234 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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COUNTRIES COVERED
Females 225
Females per 1000 201
From total 226
Males 225
Males per 1000 201

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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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