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Wednesday, 29th April 2015

Being Young in Europe Today - 2015 edition

Source: Eurostat

From Executive Summary:

The European Union (EU) is continuing to age and the share of children and young people in its population has been decreasing continuously over recent years. In 2014, the EU population stood at 507 million people, of whom only 169 million (or 33.3 %) were children or young people (aged under 30). Furthermore, the number of elderly people (aged 65 or more) has been exceeding the number of children (aged under 15) since 2004. Although this ageing phenomenon has been recorded across the world’s industrialised societies, it has impacted the EU population more than others. There were however some disparities between individual EU Member States. Whereas Ireland and Cyprus boasted young population shares at around 40% , other countries such as Italy or Germany recorded shares around the 30% mark. The proportion of children and young people also varied significantly between EU regions. These proportions are projected to keep decreasing until 2050, to afterwards slowly and continuous increase until 2080 without nevertheless reaching their actual rate.

As a consequence, the median age has risen on average by four months each year over the last two decades in the EU. It stood at 35 years in 1990 and had grown to 42 years in 2013.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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