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Figure 3 – Population pyramids for the EU-28 2020 and 2080

Figure 3 – Population pyramids for the EU-28 (number of women and men by age tranches), 2020 and 2080

Population pyramids for the EU-28 (number of women and men by age tranches), 2020 and 2080

Looking at projections of the age structure in the EU for 2020 and 2080 (see Figure 3 below), we can see that the shape is expected to change further as the baby-boomer bulge leaves the picture. Together with longer lifespans enlarging the proportion of the population in the older age group, a more rectangular shape associated with a stagnating or slow growing population takes hold. The open-ended nature of the oldest age group of 85 years and over (rather than the fixed five year spans of all the others) accounts for the fact this age group is the most numerous.

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