Greek population aging fast, UN reports

Greece has the fourth most rapidly aging population in the world and by 2050 41 percent of people living in the country will be aged over 60, according to a United Nations survey that was made public yesterday. The survey ranked Greece after Italy – 25 percent of whose population is currently aged over 60 – Japan and Germany. Although it has the same proportion of citizens aged over 60 – 24 percent – as the latter two countries, overall, Greece was allotted fourth position by the UN population directorate. Cyprus came 34th with 16 percent, while Turkey registered only 6 percent. There are currently 2.5 million people aged over 60 l iving in Greece, and their number is forecast to reach 3.6 million (41 percent of the population) in 48 years’ time. Around the world there are currently 629 million people aged over 60, a number that is expected to reach two billion in 2050. He added that if new citizens insisted on serving in the National Guard, the matter would have to be examined.

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