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The pace at which the world is ageing has accelerated. Since 2000, many countries have witnessed a substantial increase in their population that is aged 60 and above. According to the United Nation’s 2015 World Population Ageing report titled, ‘World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision’; in 2000, out of the ten countries that were most aged, nine were in Europe. The only most aged country outside Europe was Japan. Still, the population of people aged above 60 accounted for less than 25 percent in all these ten countries. Fast forward to 2015 and the world became a bit older.

According to the report, in 2015, those aged above 60 accounted for a little more than 25 percent in all ten most aged countries. It has been estimated that by 2030, in the countries with largest aged population, those above 60 will constitute around 32 percent of their population.

But by 2030, Europe will still be leading the race with seven of the ten most aged countries coming from that continent, while the other three would be from Asia and the Caribbean.

Ageing Nations 2030 Map

In 2015, Japan topped the list of most aged countries where people above 60 accounted for 33.1 percent of the population. However, by 2030, this honor will pass on to the French region of Martinique. The Caribbean island, which in 2015 was the eighth most aged with 26.2 percent people above 60, will, by 2030, reach the number one spot with a whopping 38.5 percent in the same age bracket.

Japan will be pushed to the second spot but will still see a little more than four percent increase in its aged population, which, in 2030 will account for 37.3 percent of the country’s population.

Italy, at the second spot in the 2015 list with 28.6 percent people aged 60 and above, will be pushed to the third spot in the 2030 list. However, it will see a significant increase in its aged population who will form some 36.6 percent of the nation’s population.

The third most aged country in 2015, Germany, with 27.6 percent people aged above 60, will, in 2030, be placed at the fourth spot with 36.1 percent people in the same age bracket.

Finland was the fourth most aged country in 2015 with 27.2 percent people aged 60 and above. However, by 2030 it will not be in the list of the most aged countries. Portugal, which was the fifth most aged country in 2015 with 27.1 percent of the population aged above 60, will retain its spot in 2030; however, its aged population will significantly increase to 34.7 percent.

Hong Kong SAR (China), which did not feature in the 2015 list, will, in 2030, have an elderly population of 33.6 percent. The European nation of Bulgaria will be out of the 2030 list of most aged countries. The percentage of those who are 60 and above, in 2015, formed 26.9 percent of Bulgaria’s population.

Croatia, with 25.9 percent of people above 60, and Latvia, with 25.7 percent in the same age bracket, will also not see rapid ageing and not be in the 2030 list. Greece, whose elderly population comprised 27.0 percent of the population in 2015, will increase to 33.2 percent in 2030.

Spain, Slovenia and Austria will join the 2030 list with 33.5 percent, 32.7 percent, and 32.4 percent of their respective populations in the above-60 age bracket.

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