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European Commission - EUROSTAT

International Day of Older Persons - Nearly 27 million people aged 80 or over in the European Union - Almost 10 years' life expectancy at the age of 80

Brussels, 29 September 2016

In 2015, almost 27 million people aged 80 or over (hereafter "elderly people") were living in the European Union (EU), 7 million more than in 2005. An increase in both their absolute number and their share in total population is observed in nearly every EU Member State. The rising share of elderly people in the EU (from 4.0% in 2005 to 5.3% in 2015) means that in 2015 one in every 20 persons living in the EU was aged 80 or over. The ageing of the population structure is, at least partly, the result of an increasing life expectancy, which grew at the age of 80 from 8.4 years in 2004 to 9.5 years in 2014.

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STAT/16/3225


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