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Never before have there been so many people of 100 years of age or older in Italy

Never before have there been so many people of 100 years of age or older in Italy

Italy’s population aged 100 or over reached an all-time high last year

– announced the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. this Demographic change is occurring at a faster rate than in other countries of the European UnionWhich indicates a significant increase in the average age of the Italian population.

The annual report of the Italian National Institute of Statistics revealed this

The number of Italians aged 100 or over has tripled since the turn of the 20th century. In January of this year, nearly 22,000 people reached this important age, and the majority of them are women.

in parallel The birth rate has fallen to a low not seen in more than 150 years. In 2022, only 393,000 births were recorded, the lowest number since the unification of Italy in 1861. This decline has been continuing since 2014 and poses a serious challenge for a country suffering from rapid population aging.

The ISTAT report also highlighted this

The average age of Italians will increase from 45.7 years at the beginning of 2020 to 46.4 years in 2023.

This trend is expected to continue in the future, placing additional burdens on social services and health systems.

Source: Reuters

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