Europe advanced further towards aging in 2019 as the population over 65 made up 20.3 of the total population in EU countries, according to Eurostat data.
Albania, although advancing at a faster rate than the EU towards aging, is still considered with a younger population. The population over 65 years of age in January 2020 constituted 14.7 percent of the total population in our country.
Albania's elderly increased by 0.3 percentage points from a year earlier, while this age group rose 4 percentage points from a decade ago. In 2001, the population over 65 years of age in Albania accounted for only 7.6% of the total population.
The population over 65 in Europe in 2019 increased by 0.3 percentage points compared to 2018 and by 2.9 percentage points compared to 10 years ago.
Eurostat conducted this analysis to see what percentage of Europe is the direct target of the Korona virus.
Across the EU Member States, the largest share of the elderly in relation to the general population in 2019 was observed in Italy (22.8%), followed by Greece (22.0%), Portugal and Finland (21.8% each). ), Germany (21.5%) and Bulgaria (21.3%).
The lowest level of population over 65 was observed in Ireland (14.1%) and Luxembourg (14.4%).
At the regional level, the highest percentages of older persons were found in Chemnitz (28.9%) in Germany, followed by Liguria (28.5%) in Italy, Ipeiros (27.0%) in Greece, Limousin (26.7%) in France and Sachsen-Anhalt (26.5%) in Germany.
The lowest levels were recorded in Mayotte (2.7%) and Guyane (5.8%) in France and in Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla (10.7%) in Spain.
According to the map attached, the orange color symbolizes countries that still have a low level of population over 65, including Albania, the Western Balkan countries and all of Turkey and some Eastern European countries.