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Population pyramids for the EU-27

Population pyramids for the EU-27 (number of women and men by age group), 2020 and 2050

Population pyramids for the EU-27 (number of women and men by age group), 2020 and 2050

A look at the age structure in the EU for 2020 and 2050 (see Figure 3 below) suggests that the shape will change further as the baby-boomer and generation-X bulge progressively 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 will develop.

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