Where Does Serbia Rank Among the Oldest Nations in Europe?

Almost one in five people in Serbia is over the age of 65. How do other European countries compare when it comes to the elderly population?

The average age of the population in Serbia is 43.8 years, with women being, on average, about three years older than men (the average age for women is 45.2 years, and for men, it is 42.4 years). Compared to the 2011 Census, the average age has increased by about one and a half years, according to data from the Republic Statistical Office (RZS).

The RZS previously announced that data on the estimated number of inhabitants for 2022 shows that the aging index of the population in Serbia is continuously increasing, indicating that the population is in a deep aging process. Almost one in five people in Serbia is over the age of 65.

The trend of increasing average age is also being observed in other European countries.

According to Eurostat data, the oldest citizens in the region live in Greece and Croatia, with an average age of 45.4 years.

The youngest populations in the region are in Albania and Montenegro, with an average age of 38 and 39.4 years, respectively.

Eurostat data shows that the average age of the population in the EU in 2022 was 44.4 years. In the Union, Cyprus has the youngest population (average 38 years), while Portugal (average 46.8 years) and Italy (average 48 years) have the oldest.

For comparison, a quarter of the population in Italy is over 65 years old, while in Greece, Portugal, and Finland, it is 23 per cent, and in Serbia, 22.10 per cent of the general population falls into this category.

The increase in the number of elderly people is evident, with 117,651 residents in Serbia being older than 85 years.


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