Ukraine is and will remain one of the world’s “oldest” countries in the next few years. In 7 years, the percentage of people aged over 65 will reach the quarter of the whole population. This was announced by the head of the Department for the Elderly and Social Services Oksana Sulima, reports the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.
It is noted that now Ukraine is among the 30 oldest countries in the world.
"In 2015, the proportion of people aged 60 and more was 21.8%, while the percentage of people aged 65 years and older - 15.5% of the total population. According to the national population projections, in 2025, the share of persons older than 60 years will increase to 25% of the total population, people aged 65 years and older - to 18.4%, and in 2030 - more than 26% and over 20% respectively," the message says.
The Ministry of Social Policy says the main reasons for this situation are financial difficulties, challenges in the labor market, in the health care system, the development of social and educational services.
As it was reported earlier the top 10 countries with the fastest shrinking populations are all in Eastern Europe (with a few in Central and Northern Europe), according to UN projections. Bulgaria, Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Croatia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Hungary might see their population shrink by 15% or more by 2050. Ukraine’s population will reduce to 36.42 million people by 2050.
At least 11 countries have shrunk by more than 10% in terms of their population size since 1989, Sobotka says, including, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine. Latvia lost over a quarter of its population (27%), Lithuania 23%, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina 21%. For instance, Bulgarian population contracted from 9 million in 1989 to 7.1 million in 2017.