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World's 10 economies facing ageing populations

Last updated on: December 13, 2012 08:34 IST

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The world is rapidly ageing. A whopping two billion people will be 60 years and older by 2050, more than triple the number in 2000, according to the World Health Organisation.

This demographic change has major implications for the global economy. Some of the world's biggest economies are facing rising health-care costs, a shrinking workforce, higher pension costs and diminishing fertility rates, according to CNBC.

Let's take a look at some countries facing ageing populations.

Source: CNBC

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Image: A coffee garden in Killesberg park in Stuttgart, Germany.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters

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Monaco

Old/young ratio: 2.18:1

65 years and over: 26.9 per cent

0-14 years: 2.18 per cent

Global rank: 1

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Image: A view of Monaco.
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
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Japan

Old/young ratio: 1.74:1

65 years and over: 22.9 per cent

0-14 years: 13.1 per cent

Global rank: 2

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Image: Women walk under ginkgo trees in Tokyo.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
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Germany

Old/young ratio: 1.54:1

65 years and over: 20.6 per cent

0-14 years: 13.3 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Image: Hat designer Fiona Bennett and her assistants work at Potsdamer Street in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
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Italy

Old/young ratio: 1.47:1

65 years and over: 20.3 per cent

0-14 years: 13.8 per cent

Global rank: 4

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Image: Women use smartphones in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters
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Greece

Old/young ratio: 1.38:1

65 years and over: 19.6 per cent

0-14 years: 14.2 per cent

Global rank: 5

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Image: Tourists sit on a hill overlooking Athens outside the archaeological site of the Acropolis.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Bulgaria

Old/young ratio: 1.31:1

65 years and over: 18.2 per cent

0-14 years: 13.9 per cent

Global rank: 6

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Image: A man rides a horse near Sofia.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Austria

Old/young ratio: 1.3:1

65 years and over: 18.2 per cent

0-14 years: 14 per cent

Global rank: 7

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Sweden

Old/young ratio: 1.27:1

65 years and over: 19.7 per cent

0-14 years: 15.4 per cent

Global rank: 8

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Image: People struggle against wind and drifting snow in Stockholm.
Photographs: Scanpix/Reuters
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Slovenia

Old/young ratio: 1.253:1

65 years and over: 16.8 per cent

0-14 years: 13.4 per cent

Global rank: 9

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Image: A woman walks on the pedestrian area in Ljubljana.
Photographs: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
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Latvia

Old/young ratio: 1.251:1

65 years and over: 16.9 per cent

0-14 years: 13.5 per cent

Global rank: 10


Image: A view of the Doma church and the suspension bridge in Riga.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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