Strong rise in over-100s

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27 June 2007, VOORBURG – The last few decades have seen a significant rise in the number of men and women living beyond the age of 100.

27 June 2007

VOORBURG – The last few decades have seen a significant rise in the number of men and women living beyond the age of 100.

This emerged on Wednesday from figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The Netherlands is currently home to about 1,400 people over the age of 100.

In 1997 the number of over-100s exceeded 1,000 for the first time. There were less than 40 people in this age bracket in the Netherlands in 1950. In 1965 the number had grown to over 100.

Most of those who live more than a century are women. As of 1 January 2007 there were almost six times as many women as men among the ranks of the 100 and overs. At the beginning of the 1980s there were just twice as many women as men in this bracket.

The oldest resident of the Netherlands is a 110-year-old woman, the CBS reports. The oldest man in the Netherlands is 107 years old, the Social Insurance Bank reports.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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