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World Population To Double By 2050


World Population To Double By 2050

By Marietta Gross - Scoop Media Auckland.

World population ages dramatically - By 2005 the over-64-year-olds will have doubled

According to demographic experts the world population will dramatically age until 2050. The National Statistical Office of Germany in Wiesbaden said on Friday that the amount of people at the age of 65 and above would double from seven to more than 16 per cent within that period.

At the same time the number of under-15-year-olds will decrease from 30 per cent in the year 2000 to 20 per cent by 2050 the statistical office said. It said decreasing birth rates and an ascending life expectancy in developing countries were reasons for the demographic changes.

These numbers were published by the Statistical Office during World Population Day. The figures are based on United Nations estimations.

The estimates suggest that in 2050, for every 100 people of employable age there will be 25 elderly people over 65 years-of-age. Currently there are 11 people over the age of 65 for every 100 working age persons.

By 2050 there will be an estimated nine billion people living on the Earth. There is currently 6.5 billion people. And by 2050 the proportion of the world's elderly population living in developing countries will have increased compared to industrialised nations (1.1 billion in developing countries compared to 320 million living in industrialised nations).

The world’s median age population, which divides the population into a younger and an older half, rises from 27 years in the year 2000 to almost 38 years (globally) in 2050. In Europe the median age will be 47 years.

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