TODAY’S – Elderly population to reach 10 pct of total by 2023

Elderly population to reach 10 pct of total by 2023The proportion of the population aged 65 and over is estimated to constitute 10.2 percent of Turkeyand#39s total population by the year 2023, indicating a rapid aging in population, government data revealed on Wednesday.

Turkey has long remained one of the youngest countries in the region. It had the youngest population in Western Europe in 2012, with a median age of 29.

7 years. Data from Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), however, shows this trend is changing.

TurkStat said on Wednesday that the proportion of elderly citizens (65 and over) in Turkey increased to 8 percent last year from 77 percent in 2013. Turkey had 619 million people aged 65 and over in 2014, 43.

6 percent of whom were male and 56.4 percent female.

According to TurkStat projections, the elderly will represent 10.2 percent of the total population of Turkey by 2023, later rising to 20.

8 percent in 2050 and 27.7 percent in 2075.

The proportion of the elderly to total population was 684 percent in 2008.The proportion of people aged 65 and over in the total world population was 83 percent in 2014.

Monaco topped the list of countries with the highest proportion of elderly citizens, with 29.5 percent, followed by Japan and Germany, with 25.

8 percent and 21.1 percent, respectively.

Turkey had the 94th-oldest population among 228 countries in 2014. Turkeyand#39s population aged 65 and over was higher than the total populations of Denmark, Slovakia, Finland, Norway, Ireland and Bosnia HerzegovinaThe Black Sea province of Sinop had the highest proportion of the elderly, with 17.

6 percent in 2014, according to TurkStat. The number of people aged 100 and above was 5,283 in Turkey last year, TurkStat said.

Wednesdayand#39s figures overlap with a survey conducted by Euromonitor in 2013, in which the company predicted the median age in Turkey would reach 36.5 in 2030.

This regional average in the same year was 43.7 Euromonitor said Turkeyand#39s population aged 65 and above would reach 97 million by 2030.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman