Italian population to fall by 11.5 mn in 50 yrs - ISTAT

Just 1 in 4 families will have kids in 2041 says stats agency

22 September, 14:26

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEP 22 - The Italian population is set to fall by 11.5 million over the next 50 years, national statistics agency ISTAT said Thursday.

    The continuing demographic decline will see the population drop from 59.2 million as of January 1, 2021, to 57.9 million in 2030, 54.2 in 2050 and 47.7 in 2070, said the institute in its latest demographic forecasts.

    The ratio of people at a working age (15-64 years) and those outside it (0-14 and over 65) will go from around 3 to 2 in 2021 to about 1 to 1 in 2050.

    In 10 years' time a population drop is forecast in 4 out of 5 Italian towns and cities, and in 9 out of 10 rural areas.

    People will continue to have fewer and fewer children, ISTAT said. By 2041, it said, just one in four families will have children. Deaths could be double the number of births by 2049, at 788,000 to 390,000, ISTAT went on.

    The percentage of over 65 will rise from 23.5% in 2021 to 34.9% in 2050, the forecast said in continuing evidence of Italy's constantly greying population.

    Some 10.2 million people will be living alone in 2041, compared to 8.5 million in 2021, the report said. (ANSAmed).

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