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European Commission - EUROSTAT

International Day of Older Persons - 1 out of every 8 persons in the EU could be 80 or above by 2080 - Elderly people less at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Brussels, 29 September 2015

The European Union (EU) as a whole is confronted with an ageing population. In 2014, the proportion of persons aged 65 or over reached 18.5% in the EU and it is projected to further increase in the future to almost 30% by 2080. In particular, the proportion of persons aged 80 or over among the total population is expected to more than double, from just over 5% in 2014 to more than 12% by 2080. This demographic trend confronts the EU with major challenges, notably regarding the economic situation and social inclusion of older people.

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