Median age of the population in the top 20 countries 2017

Monaco is the country with the highest median age in the world. The population has a median age of around 53 years, which is around six years more than in Japan and Germany – the other countries that make up the top three. Southern European countries make up a large part of the top 20, with Italy, Slovenia, Greece, San Marino, Andorra, and Croatia all making the list.

Low infant mortality means higher life expectancy

Monaco and Japan also have the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, which contributes to the calculation of a higher life expectancy because fewer people are dying in the first years of life. Indeed, many of the nations with a high median age also feature on the list of countries with the highest average life expectancy, such as San Marino, Japan, Italy, and Lichtenstein.

Demographics of islands and small countries

Many smaller countries and island nations have populations with a high median age, such as Guernsey and the Isle of Man, which are both island territories within the British Isles. An explanation for this could be that younger people leave to seek work or education opportunities, while others choose to relocate there for retirement.

Countries with the highest median age in 2017

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017*

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, all data are estimates.

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