Map of the day: A Europe that’s growing older


From Views of the World, the blog of Benjamin Hennig, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Click on the image to enlarge, and go the the link for a larger version:

The overall trend of demographic change is that of an ageing continent. The region with the largest percentage (27%) is Liguria in Italy. The elderly of Europe are also found in greater than normal proportions in northern Germany, and also along the Mediterranean coast and in the interior of France, in northern Spain and southwest England. A lot of these regions are typically attractive for retired people and may also be characterised by low fertility rates. The following map shows the regional distribution of the shares of elderly across Europe displayed on a gridded population cartogram where each of the grid cells is resized to the total number of people living there.

The overall trend of demographic change is that of an ageing continent. The region with the largest percentage (27%) is Liguria in Italy. The elderly of Europe are also found in greater than normal proportions in northern Germany, and also along the Mediterranean coast and in the interior of France, in northern Spain and southwest England. A lot of these regions are typically attractive for retired people and may also be characterised by low fertility rates. The following map shows the regional distribution of the shares of elderly across Europe displayed on a gridded population cartogram where each of the grid cells is resized to the total number of people living there.

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2 responses to “Map of the day: A Europe that’s growing older

  1. nicholas collins printmaker

    perhaps a symptom of my own ageing process but….did anyone else find this map/chart a bit tricky to read?

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