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More than a fifth of the EU population are aged 65 or over

In 2020, 20.6% of the EU population was aged 65 years or over; this was 3.0 percentage points higher than the corresponding share from a decade earlier.

Across the EU Member States, the highest share of the elderly in the total population in 2020 was observed in Italy (23.2%), followed by Greece and Finland (22.3% each), Portugal (22.1%), Germany (21.8%) and Bulgaria (21.6%). The lowest shares were recorded in Ireland (14.4%) and in Luxembourg (14.5%).

Eurostat, 16 March 2021