Global Changes Over The History Of Time
Over the history of time, changes have been developed and made the world different from what it was eons ago. Some countries have risen and disappeared, but thankfully, some have stuck to see a new age. It’s impossible to grasp the true history of each country or how long they are here but in this post, we are going to compare the countries with the oldest population and the youngest population in the world. In this age, who holds the majority’s power in each countries’ demographics?
First on the list is Japan. The country has a record of its people being part of the “graying” population with over 26.3%. Because of this, it has been forecasted that by 2030, one-third of Japan’s population will be senior citizens.
Second is Italy. Compared to Japan where the numbers of averaging citizens grew each year, Italy has a steady average of the population and remained at 20% in the period of 2005 to 2010. Italy has an average of 22.4% of its senior citizens.
Third is Greece. Even though Greece has a lot of older people averaging at 21.4%, that’s almost 11 million people in the population, it is not a good place to retire. It has always been a compounding issue in the country wherein the agencies don’t pay the right pension payments to their people and their economy is nowhere stable.
Some other notable older countries with graying citizens can be found in Germany (21.2%), Portugal (20.8%), Finland (20.5%), Bulgaria (20.0%), Sweden (19.9%), Latvia (19.4%), and Malta (19.2%).
What does this say to us?
As more of people live longer, pensions are being reduced, insurances have skyrocketed, and health care cost more. By 2050, the World Health Organization have predicted that more people will be over 60 years old. Hence, the economy needs to adapt to the aging population. Now, let’s compare our oldest population (65-years old and above citizens) to the youngest population which can be found mostly in Africa.
The first one is Niger. The country’s population is composed of 56.9% youth and are under 18 years of age. This is very alarming because as the United Nations have researched, they forecasted that the population in Africa will double by 2050. Compare this to Japan who only has 13% of their population as youth and are under 15 years old.
The second one is in Uganda. The country is always in the state of poverty because most of most of their population is underage. Youth comprises 55% of their whole population as a country.
The third one is Chad. There is also a whopping 54.6% of under 18-year-olds in the country. According to the UN studies, the reason why Chad has much youths are that of the lack of education of women, lack of knowledge over decisions on when to make a child, and lack of family planning.
Some countries that also has to be noted with the youngest populations are Angola (54.3%), Mali (54.1%), Somalia (53.6%), Gambia (52.8%), and Zambia (52.6%).
What does this say to us?
This boils down to an alarming global issue that seeks attention and deliberate reinforcements. As these children grew older, they do not have enough opportunities to be given to them especially in the workforce. They need to fend for their future and yet, it is already hard to find a job. The government needs to be proactive in making sure that their citizens can have a better state of living.
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