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We’ve got retirement numbers all wrong

There is a huge – and potentially dangerous – gap between the number of people societies think are retired and reality

Michela Coppola
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We’ve got retirement numbers all wrong

There is a huge – and potentially dangerous – gap between the number of people societies think are retired and reality

Michela Coppola

YOUNG – AGING –AGED – SUPER-AGED

As a convention, a country is considered young until 7% of its population becomes 65 years or older. The country is then said to be aging. When it exceeds 14%, the country is considered aged and by passing the next 7% threshold, or 21%, the country becomes super-aged. Germany, Italy and Japan are said to be super-aged today, but another 10 countries could join them by 2020, including the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia and Croatia.

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