Turkey’s older population on the rise - TÜİK report

Turkey has seen a 21.9 percent increase in its population aged 65 and over in the last five years, Diken news site reported citing figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

The over 65 demographic of Turkey comprised eight percent of the population in 2014, but climbed to 9.1 percent in 2019, registering at 7.55 million, TÜİK said, pointing to an increasingly aging population.

Women make up the majority of this demographic at 55.5 percent, while men constitute 44.2 percent.

TÜİK statistics foresee that by the year 2080, one out of every four people in the country will be over the age of 65.

Accordingly, 10.2 percent of the population will be over 65 by the country’s centenary year of 2023, 12.9 by 2030 and 16.3 by 2040.

A population with more than 10 percent of people aged 65 and over is an indication of an aging population, according to the TÜİK report. 

Turkey, which has a total population of more than 83 million, still maintains a relatively young population compared to most European countries with 25 percent of the population under the age of 15.