Which Country Has the Most Elderlies?

Population Over 65 Years Old (As % of Total Population) (%), 2018
Society | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2018, Japan ranked the highest in population over 65 years old as a percentage of total population with 28.0% followed by Germany and Italy. On the other end of the scale was United Arab Emirates with 0.741%, Qatar with 1.22% and Gambia with 2.42%.

Average population over 65 years old as a percentage of total population reached 9.05% in 2018 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 1.66 % more than in the previous year and 15.0 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average population over 65 years old as a percentage of total population reached an all time high of 17.9% in 2050 and an all time low of 4.97% in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 1.43 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Population Over 65 Years Old (As % of Total Population) indicator page.

Population Over 65 Years Old (As % of Total Population) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Austria % 18.5% 18.7% 18.8% 19.0% 19.2%
Belgium % 17.8% 18.0% 18.1% 18.4% 18.6%
Bulgaria % 19.3% 19.7% 20.1% 20.5% 20.8%
Croatia % 18.3% 18.6% 18.9% 19.3% 19.7%
Denmark % 18.0% 18.6% 19.0% 19.4% 19.7%
Finland % 19.0% 19.7% 20.3% 20.8% 21.2%
France % 18.0% 18.5% 18.9% 19.3% 19.7%
Germany % 20.9% 21.0% 21.1% 21.3% 21.5%
Greece % 19.2% 19.6% 19.9% 20.2% 20.4%
Italy % 21.6% 22.0% 22.4% 22.7% 23.0%
Japan % 24.6% 25.4% 26.0% 26.6% 27.0%
Malta % 17.2% 17.8% 18.4% 18.9% 19.4%
Portugal % 19.9% 20.3% 20.7% 21.1% 21.5%
Slovenia % 17.3% 17.6% 18.0% 18.5% 19.1%
Sweden % 19.1% 19.4% 19.6% 19.8% 20.0%