LOW FIGURES: Spain’s elderly are less dependent on younger people than the EU average

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EARLY INDEPENDENCE: The overall dependency rate in the European Union was 30.5 per cent in 2018. Photo: Shutterstock


THE number of older people dependent on younger generations in Spain is below the European average.

According to the Institute of Economic Studies (IEE), the figure reached 29 per cent in 2018, but is still higher than in previous years.

The new figures showed the number of elderly people who needed help from the working-age population was just 23 per cent in 2008. A spokesperson for the institute said: “During the last years, the proportion of people over 65 years of age has increased with respect to the population of working age.The so-called dependency rate of the elderly population is an important indicator related to pensions, health and social services of a group. Depopulation growing”.

The overall dependency rate in the European Union was 30.5 per cent in 2018, compared to 25.5 per cent in 2008. 

Italy had the highest ratio, at 35.2 per cent, while Ireland and Luxembourg had the lowest numbers.

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