The withering workforce
Next year, Europe’s working-age population will start shrinking. We set out the policy challenges.
Appeared in print on 08.09.2011
Figures and projections for Europe’s population have an unremitting quality. Every four or five years, life expectancy lengthens by a year. In 2010, 16% of the population was over 65, 4% over 80. By 2060, 29% will be over 65 and 11% will be over 80. Over that period, the median age of Europeans will rise from 39.8 to 47.2.