Ageing across Europe

Europe is not getting any younger. But why does Copenhagen have the largest share of people under 35? And what challenges has the exodus of young skilled people brought to Eastern European regions? We have analysed the populations of young and elderly people to determine which cities are getting younger and which are ageing.

Both Paris and London are among the cities with the highest share of people under 35 years old, with Copenhagen leading the list. Italy’s capital, on the other hand, has the lowest share of people under 35. Following the jobs, people tend to move to northern Italy, for example, to Milan, Parma, Bologna, and Turin.

A similar trend is seen in the migration of the young from Eastern Europe. Skilled workers move away from Eastern Europe to earn more elsewhere, known as “brain drain.” They also start their families and have children there.

While in Europe a lot of mobility of the young population can be observed, the old population increases almost everywhere. Only in very few areas can we see the decrease in the old population: in some areas in Croatia and in the Ruhr area. The Silesian Voivodeship in Poland, on the other hand, is ageing particularly rapidly.

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