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Countries with the Oldest Median Age

Name the twenty countries that have the highest median age.
Source: CIA World Factbook, 2016
Data does not exist for the Vatican
Last updated: July 26, 2017
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Median Age
Country
52.4
Monaco
46.9
Japan
46.8
Germany
45.1
Italy
44.2
Greece
44.2
San Marino
44.1
Slovenia
Median Age
Country
43.8
Austria
43.7
Andorra
43.4
Lithuania
43.3
Latvia
42.9
Liechtenstein
42.7
Croatia
42.5
Netherlands
Median Age
Country
42.4
Bulgaria
42.4
Estonia
42.4
Finland
42.3
Serbia
42.3
Spain
42.2
Switzerland
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level 67
Jul 26, 2017
Nothing surprising really, but my first 5 guesses were still wrong. Huh.
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level 24
Nov 10, 2017
same...
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level 66
Jul 27, 2017
I tried every country in Europe bar 5, needless to say all five are on the list.
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level 75
Jul 27, 2017
It's not called the Old Continent for nothing.
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level 54
Jul 29, 2017
Nice quiz! Japan is the only non-European countries on the list
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level 50
Oct 23, 2017
Surprised not to see Vatican on this list
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level 60
Nov 9, 2017
Data for Vatican is missing, that's why it's not there.
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level 51
Nov 9, 2017
I'm pretty sure Vatican is absent from a lot of these quizzes.
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level 63
Nov 9, 2017
Surely the Vatican City is the highest by far............or do they not keep statistics?
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level 48
Nov 10, 2017
There are no children in the Vatican, so of course the median age will be very high. But it is a fluke, so it would be ridiculous to include the Vatican.
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level 38
Nov 9, 2017
How is China not on here
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level 65
Nov 9, 2017
Chinas population has been increasing a lot over the past 40 years which means theres a lot young people being born
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level 74
Nov 9, 2017
The "great leap forward." During the 1950s under Communist rule forced agricultural reforms and willful ignorance to accept that the failings of Communist policy led to massive starvation and somewhere between 20 and 50 million deaths in the country. The birth rate plummeted, the death rate skyrocketed, but after things stabilized and recovered somewhat there was a huge baby boom starting in the early 60s. As a result, the large bulk of China's population was born after 1962 and the median age is not very high. In about 20 or 30 years China will likely have one of the highest median ages in the world, though.

Jorissie: not so much since they implemented the one child policy in 1979. I'm sure this is what Tempest is referring to.
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level 46
Nov 9, 2017
They are all European countries! Except for Japan.
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level 48
Nov 9, 2017
Funny quiz. Actually, the European continent has not aged THAT much. A number of post-communist countries in the east have a high median age because young people have emigrated in the search of better jobs in the west. In the west they are not (yet) counted as part of the population because they don't have citizenship.
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level 48
Nov 9, 2017
They are counted as part of the population of the new country
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level 22
Nov 9, 2017
Europe is dying
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level 52
Nov 9, 2017
Apparently not. That's why, of the 20 countries where people live longest from median average, 19 are European. See this quiz.
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level 74
Nov 9, 2017
right because old people live forever. ::face palm::
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level 43
Nov 9, 2017
I got all except Japan, and seems that Japan is most guessed one with only 4% not getting it XD
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level 60
Nov 9, 2017
I did it. 100%. Wow.
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level 69
Nov 9, 2017
So any of these would be a "country for old men"?
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level 57
Nov 10, 2017
So the secret to living to an old age is to either eat lots of Mediterranean food or drink a lot of alcohol. Oh, and not have wars or immigrants. That's also important.
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level 75
Apr 11, 2018
More like "don't have many babies" vs. "living to an old age". They just don't have nearly as many young people in these countries today.
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level 71
Nov 11, 2017
So what are the factors involved? High life expectancy, emigration of young adults, possibly low population?
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level 48
Nov 21, 2017
High life expectancy, fertility rate below the country's replacement level, net emigration, or high immigration of old people, poor economic opportunities, being rich for a long period of time (i.e. enough for low fertility rates to have lasted a couple generations). The European countries here tend to be Eastern Europe which have low fertility rates, relatively poor economic opportunities compared to other EU countries, Japan has, much like South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore etc. very low fertility rates, however is probably the only non-European country not to make the list as the other countries haven't been rich long enough for the fertility rate to make a big enough impact. I'm sure soon there will be many more Asian countries on this list. I'm sure cultural pressures in these countries are making fertility rates so much lower than in Europe as well.
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