Share of elderly population in Sweden 1970-2019, by age group

The population in Sweden increased constantly and amounted to 10.33 million in 2019. The share of the elderly in the population was increasing over the years too, and in 2019, 20 percent of the Swedish population were 65 years and older. 5.2 percent were 80 years and older and one percent were 90 years or older.

Decreases in elderly care

The older the population gets, the more care for the elderly is demanded. However, the expenditure on elderly care as a share of the gross domestic product was decreasing in recent years. Furhtermore, the number of elderly residing in special housing in Sweden also decreased in recent years.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A considerable number of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Sweden in 2020 were elderly people. What is more, a high number of the coronavirus deaths were individuals 70 years or older. Due to these tragic circumstances, the share of the elderly population in Sweden could experience a negative development in 2020.

Share of elderly population in Sweden in selected years from 1970 to 2019, by age group

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

1970 to 2019

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