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Istat: Italy at the top for the number of elderly people

Posted: 30 May 2018

According to the Annual Report on the state of the nation by Istat, Italy is one of the longest-lived countries in the world: today the new-borns life expectancy is nearly 81 years for male and 85 years for female.

But the demographic imbalance also increases: with almost 170 elderly people (people at least 65 years old) per 100 young people (between 0 and 14 years old), Italy is the second eldest country in the world after Japan.

The country also appears more fragile than other EU countries: the 17.2% feel deprived or almost of any social support.

The elderly who live alone spend more than 10 hours without interactions with others.