There are 61.3 young people aged 15-29 for every 100 over-64s
The average age of the population of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country is 45.7 years, according to the latest data published by Eustat, the Basque Statistics Institute, which correspond to 1 July 2022. This average age is somewhat older than that of the EU as a whole (44.4 years).
Italy, Portugal, Greece and Germany have slightly older populations than ours. And Cyprus, Ireland and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where the average age of the population is below 40.
The number of young people aged between 15 and 29 living in the Basque Country is 310,433, and they represent 14.2% of the total population of our autonomous community.
The proportion of young population in the overall population of the Basque Country is among the lowest in the European Union, which average percentage is 16.2%.
If we calculate how many young people aged 15-29 there are for every 100 over 64 in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, the ratio is 61.3.
Ten years ago, in 2012, there were 71.5 young people for every 100 over 64. In these years, the ratio or proportion of young people to the older population has fallen by ten percentage points.
And if we compare this figure with that recorded in the EU countries, we not only see that the ratio in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country is below the European average (76.8), but, in fact, it is the lowest in the EU.
Only in Luxembourg, Ireland and Cyprus there are more 15-29 year olds than people aged 65 and over.
In 2022, the Basque Government approved the Basque Strategy 2030 for the Demographic Challenge, which includes different measures to configure an ecosystem of favourable conditions for demographic recovery. The Basque Strategy 2030 for the Demographic Challenge is presented in two different documents that can be consulted (in Spanish) in the following links: