The world is rapidly changing into a grey planet, not just because of pollution but due to the ageing population in various developed nations. Two billion people will be over 60 years old 2050, more than triple the number in 2000, according to the World Health Organization.
This demographic change looms above global economy because an older population means higher pension costs, requirement of care-givers, and a decreasing proportion of their respective citizens active in the workforce.
Countries such as Japan, Italy and Greece face huge problems
Japan has the most people over 65 years of age. In 2015, 26.3% of its population was, over 65 years old, an increase of from 25.8% in 2014. This shows that the percentage of old age people rising each year. It is seems that nearly a third of the Japanese people will be senior citizens by 2030. Japan is already facing a severe shortage of nurses and care-givers, this problem is only lily to rise in the future.
The second country on this list is Italy, with 22.4% of its population being 65 years of age or older. The country’s elderly population is known to have constant percentage around 20% in years between 2005 and 2010, but is rising in the few years which show signal of the danger in the future. In fact, in 2030 there are projected to be nearly 16 million retired people and over a quarter of Italian citizen will be age up-to 60 years old.
The drain on the economy will for her will be that Italy will have to spend a copious amount on the elderly population, the situation looks bleak considering the strain the economy is already under.
3.Greece 21.4% population is over 65 years of age.
4. Germany 21.2% populations are 65 years of age or older.
5. Portugal 20.8% populations are 65 years of age or older.
6. Finland 20.5% populations are 65 years of age or older.
7. Bulgaria 20.0% populations are 65 years of age or older.
8. Sweden 19.9% populations are 65 years of age or older.
9. Latvia 19.4% populations are 65 years of age or older.
10. Malta 19.2% populations are 65 years of age or older.
There are the top 20 countries with rapidly rising numbers of ageing citizens.
Prediction for 2030 according to WHO.