Europe's population of pensioners is projected to increase to 50.1 percent by 2060

  • Europe's population of pensioners, already the largest in the world continues to grow.
  • The demographic old-age dependency ratio (people aged 65 or above relative to those aged 15-64) is projected to increase from 27.8 percent to 50.1 percent by 2060.
  • This implies that the EU will move from having four working-age people for every person aged over 65 years to little more than two people.

View the animated infographic on private and public pensions in 2020, 2040 and 2060

View a projection for public pension spend in 2040

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Sources: European Commission / EuroStat / UN

View a projection for public pension spend in 2060

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Sources: European Commission / EuroStat / UN

The Economic Policy Committee (EPC) has produced a set of long-term budgetary projections, on the basis of a population projection by Eurostat (EUROPOP2013). The projections feed into a variety of policy debates, including the overarching Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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