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Europe Compared by People > Dependency ratios > Youth dependency ratio

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from People > Dependency ratios, which dependency ratios are a measure of the age structure of a population. They relate the number of individuals that are likely to be economically "dependent" on the support of others. Dependency ratios contrast the ratio of youths (ages 0-14) and the elderly (ages 65+) to the number of those in the working-age group (ages 15-64). Changes in the dependency ratio provide an indication of potential social support requirements resulting from changes in population age structures. As fertility levels decline, the dependency ratio initially falls because the proportion of youths decreases while the proportion of the population of working age increases. As fertility levels continue to decline, dependency ratios eventually increase because the proportion of the population of working age starts to decline and the proportion of elderly persons continues to increase.
total dependency ratio - The total dependency ratio is the ratio of combined youth population (ages 0-14) and elderly population (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). A high total dependency ratio indicates that the working-age population and the overall economy face a greater burden to support and provide social services for youth and elderly persons, who are often economically dependent.
youth dependency ratio - The youth dependency ratio is the ratio of the youth population (ages 0-14) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). A high youth dependency ratio indicates that a greater investment needs to be made in schooling and other services for children.
elderly dependency ratio - The elderly dependency ratio is the ratio of the elderly population (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64). Increases in the elderly dependency ratio put added pressure on governments to fund pensions and healthcare.
potential support ratio - The potential support ratio is the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) per one elderly person (ages 65+). As a population ages, the potential support ratio tends to fall, meaning there are fewer potential workers to support the elderly.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Turkey 38.3% 2013
2 Ireland 32.6% 2013
3 Iceland 31.1% 2013
4 Azerbaijan 30.8% 2013
5 Albania 30.1% 2013
6 Armenia 29.2% 2013
=7 France 28.5% 2013
=7 Norway 28.5% 2013
9 Montenegro 27.5% 2013
10 Denmark 27.2% 2013
11 United Kingdom 27.1% 2013
12 Sweden 26.5% 2013
13 Georgia 26.4% 2013
14 Belgium 26.1% 2013
15 Netherlands 25.9% 2013
16 Luxembourg 25.7% 2013
17 Finland 25.5% 2013
18 Cyprus 24% 2013
19 Estonia 23.9% 2013
20 Republic of Macedonia 23.5% 2013
21 Serbia 23.4% 2013
=22 Moldova 23% 2013
=22 Spain 23% 2013
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina 22.9% 2013
=25 Latvia 22.3% 2013
=25 Croatia 22.3% 2013
=25 Greece 22.3% 2013
=28 Russia 22.2% 2013
=28 Portugal 22.2% 2013
30 Lithuania 22% 2013
31 Switzerland 21.9% 2013
=32 Czech Republic 21.7% 2013
=32 Italy 21.7% 2013
=34 Austria 21.6% 2013
=34 Belarus 21.6% 2013
=34 Romania 21.6% 2013
37 Hungary 21.5% 2013
38 Malta 21.3% 2013
39 Poland 21.2% 2013
=40 Slovenia 20.9% 2013
=40 Slovakia 20.9% 2013
42 Ukraine 20.5% 2013
43 Bulgaria 20.4% 2013
44 Germany 19.9% 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Dependency ratios > Youth dependency ratio. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Europe/People/Dependency-ratios/Youth-dependency-ratio

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