E&M

2020/3

Luisa Salaris

How the Demographic Profile Has Changed

Italy holds the record as the oldest country in Europe: 22.8 percent of its inhabitants are over 65 years of age. Moreover, since 2015, the country has been losing an average of 100,000 inhabitants per year, showing its inability for demographic growth. The exceptional longevity of its population places it at the top spot in the world. In addition, once passing 65, both men and women lead increasingly healthy lives. The problems linked to aging are a shared priority for all advanced countries: in Europe, the over-80 population has gone from 23.5 million in 2010 to 29.3 million in 2019, an increase of 25 percent.

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