I’ve been reading this very interesting Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageing_of_Europe
Some interesting facts:
- Median age in Europe (2003): 37.7 years
- The UK has a fertility rate of 1.94 in 2008, the second highest fertility rate of the European powers just below France at 2
- France overtook Ireland as the European Union member state with the highest birth-rate in 2007. If the projected birth rates continue, France will have the largest population in the EU by 2050, with 75 million citizens, before Germany.
- Germany’s fertility rate of 1.38 children per mother is one of the lowest in the world
- About 25% of Italian women do not have children while another 25% only have one child
- The region of Liguria in northwestern Italy now has the highest ratio of elderly to youth in the world
- (In Italy) in 1978 a tenant spent about 25% of his salary on housing; now renting an apartment exceeds the salary of a young worker
- In 1970, Spain’s TFR, 2.9 children per woman, ranked second in Western Europe after Ireland’s 3.9 children per woman. By 1993 Spanish fertility declined to 1.26 children per woman, the second lowest after Italy.