One in 10,000 Dutch over 100 years old

23rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

One in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is aged over 100 as of 1 January 2009.

THE NETHERLANDS – The number of centenarians in the Netherlands has almost quintupled over the past 30 years, reports the Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

In 1979, there were only 350 people aged 100 or over, whereas on 1 January 2009 the country had 1,633 centenarians among a population of 16.5 million. 

This means that one in 10,000 Dutch citizens is aged over 100.

According to the report, most centenarians are women. The government statistics unit points out that life expectancy of middle-aged and older people, and women in particular, has increased over the past few decades, leading to a higher of number of people living to very advanced ages.

The oldest person in the Netherlands is a 111-year old woman living in Rotterdam.

In 1979, about 33 percent of centenarians were men which have since dipped to 12 percent. Only three Dutchmen are old enough to have been born in the nineteenth century.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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