Vietnam’s ageing population grows rapidly

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Vietnam has entered population ageing phase since 2011 with a very fast speed while the country has a lower middle income level, said deputy minister of Health Pham Le Tuan on Monday.

A representative of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper (2nd, L) gives elderly people rice bags in Huong Khe district, the north central province of Ha Tinh where was ravaged in a flooding in October last year (Photo: SGGP)

A representative of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper (2nd, L) gives elderly people rice bags in Huong Khe district, the north central province of Ha Tinh where was ravaged in a flooding in October last year (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking at an international workshop co-organized by the ministry and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Hanoi.
According to Mr. Tuan, the country now has 10.1 million of elderly people, accounting for 11 percent of population. The number of people at the age of 80 and older is two million people.
The Vietnamese elderly ratio is forecast to increase to 18 percent by 2030 and 26 percent by 2050.
Developed economies take a couple of decades or even a century to transfer from aging population to old population phase. Still, Vietnam will take only 15 years with the current aging speed.


By QUOC KHANH - Translated by Hai Mien

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