Portugal now has 4,000 citizens over the age of 100

With 4,066 inhabitants now over the age of 100, and 5.7% of the population over the age of 80, Portugal is well on track to be a world leader when it comes to ageing populations. The number of over-100s – 2,768 women and 1,298 men – has doubled in the last four years alone, reports Jornal i, and has never before been so high.

According to UN forecasts, Portugal will be the country with the third oldest population by 2050. Currently, we rank 5th – which considering the size and population of this country – means demographics are fast becoming a very hot political potato.

A recent UN ranking put Portugal at the “top of six economies that were ageing fastest”, Jornal de Negocios reported earlier this month.

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