Population Day 2016

World Population Day 2016


World Population Day  

On the occasion of World Population Day, which is celebrated each year on 11 july, 
Eurostat publishes an infographic & some interesting information on the
population in the European Union.

More information on World Population Day can be found on the website of the UN.

Eu28 - Population Pyramid



Source: Eurostat, Population statistics. Data for 2015 refer to "Population on 1 January 2015"; data on population projections come from the EUROPOP2013 (European Population Projections, base year 2013).

Did you know?

… that over the last decade, the median age of the EU population increased by almost 3 years, rising from 39.5 years in 2005 to 42.4 years in 2015?

… that in 2015, the highest proportion of young population (under 14 years) was observed in Ireland (22.1 %) while the lowest was recorded in Germany (13.2 %)?

… that it is projected that in 2080, the EU will likely have 63.8 million inhabitants aged 80 years or over (37.1 million more than in 2015) ?

… that in 2014, the highest share of women having four or more children was recorded in Finland (10%) while the lowest was observed in Spain (2.6 %)?

... that in in 2080, the projected old-age dependency ratio* will range from 34% in Lithuania to 68.7 % in Slovakia?


*The old-age-dependency ratio is the ratio of the number of elderly people at an age when they are generally economically inactive (i.e. aged 65 or over), compared to the number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64 years old).

Source: Eurostat, Population Statistics (Date of extraction: 06.07.2016). 

Further information can also be found in the Eurostat news release on the EU population estimates for 2016.


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