Spain will have oldest population in 35 years

12th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2007, MADRID – In 35 years Spain will have the oldest population in the world, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday.

12 April 2007

MADRID – In 35 years Spain will have the oldest population in the world, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday.

The number of people over the age of 60 will be 32 percent of the world population in 2050 – a larger proportion than the number of children.

“There is a dramatic change happening which is going to affect the development of the world,” said Somnath Chatterji, coordinator of the global study on ageing and adult health, carried out by the World Health Organisation.

The UN study said the world population is expected to rise by 1.14 percent this year, to reach 6.6 billion.

This population is made up of 28 percent children, 18 percent of young people (15-24) and 44 pc are of working age.

Old people only represent 10 percent of the world’s population.

But this is expected to triple by 2050, from 705m to 2bn.

Europe has the oldest population, where 21pc of the total are over 60.

Based on current birth rates, Spain should have the oldest population by 2050.

Chatterji said: “After Spain, Italy should have the second oldest population.”

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Subject: Spanish news

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