The share of the Latvian population aged 65 or over increased by 2.4 % from 2010 to 2020 according to data released by Eurostat October 1. The figure is below the EU average growth of 3 %.
Nevertheless, Latvia's population is steadily ageing, with 15 % of the population aged 65 or over back in 2001.
The population of the EU on 1 January 2020 was estimated at 447.3 million. Young people (0 to 14 years old) made up 15.1 % of the EU’s population, while people considered to be of working age (15 to 64 years old) accounted for 64.3 % of the population. Older people (aged 65 or over) had a 20.6 % share (an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous year and an increase of 3 percentage points compared with 10 years earlier).
Across the EU Member States, the highest shares of young people in the total population in 2020 were observed in Ireland (20.3 %), France (17.9 %) and Sweden (17.8 %), while the lowest shares were recorded in Italy (13 %), Malta (13.4 %) and Portugal (13.6 %). In Latvia the figure was 16.0 %.
Regarding the share of people aged 65 or older in the total population, Italy (23.2 %), Greece and Finland (both 22.3 %) and Portugal (22.1 %) had the highest shares, while Ireland (14.4 %) and Luxembourg (14.5 %) had the lowest shares. In Latvia the figure was 20.5 %.
EU population by age, 2020
You can explore more statistics at Eurostat's 'Ageing Europe' website.
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