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Average age is over 48 years, in the EU no one is older than Italians

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Average age is over 48 years, in the EU no one is older than Italians

The average age of Europeans is growing, and in aging Europe, Italy is the center of the world. In the last decade the demographic trend has been such that the average citizen of the European Union has seen an increase of 2 years and 4 months, which in Italy becomes four full years. The ratio between the sum of the ages of all individuals and the number of inhabitants says that Europe is not growing. The population is not growing due to a decline in births and the closure of borders to immigrants. The result is slow and constant aging, which in Italy appears premature. If the average age is 44 and a half years, in Italy it is 48 years and 5 months. It is the highest figure of all, which raises questions of various kinds: economic, competitive, social, social security.

The Eurostat data limit themselves to photographing the demographic situation for what it is. In summary, as of 1 January 2023, at the Member State level the average age ranged between 38.4 years in Cyprus and 48.4 years in Italy. The country system is at the extreme end of this ranking, and is 10 years behind the lowest steps in the ranking. But the “aging syndrome” is not something that only affects Italians. Between 2013 and 2023, while Europeans, on average, aged by 2 years and 4 months, Greece, Spain and Slovakia also recorded an increase in the national average age of four years, demonstrating an entirely European problem and on which the European Central Bank has access to the spotlight in recent days. It was Vice President Luis de Guindos, participating in the annual conference of Mediterranean central banks, who warned about the immediate future. “The population of the euro area is expected to decline due to low fertility rates, assuming that no further support is provided by migration,” the consideration of the number two of the Eurotower, worried about the stability of the eurozone.

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Because the aging population brings with it higher health care and social security costs. Italy, following this rapid increase in the average age, finds itself in second place (after Portugal) for over-65s, i.e. retired or soon-to-be retired. What the European Statistical Institute defines as the “elderly dependency ratio”, i.e. the ratio of over 65s to the population aged between 15 and 64, in Italy reaches 37.8%. More than a third of the Italian population is practically already dependent on INPS, with all the repercussions of the case. The index was at 32.7% ten years ago, in 2013. In this decade, Italy has aged, driving an increasingly graying European Union.

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