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The fact that Europe’s population, especially its workforce, is ageing faster than it is being replaced by younger workers is of no surprise to anyone.And while independent countries and the EU as a whole has outlined directives to face this problem, recent statistics from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency show the trend still persists, and some countries face a particularly bad problem.
We used data from Eurostat to pull out the 9 countries facing the biggest problem.
Eurostat’s old-age dependency ratio measures and predicts “the projected number of persons aged 65 and over expressed as a percentage of the projected number of persons aged between 15 and 64.” The bigger the number, the older the population. Data is gathered from fertility rates, life expectancy at birth, and net migration in European countries.
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