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One in ten Swedish newborns to live to 100

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One in ten Swedish newborns to live to 100
12:13 CEST+02:00
Statistics Sweden has predicted that eleven percent of girls born in 2012 will live to be older than 100, with about six percent of boys reaching the same age.

A third of Swedes alive today will be older than 90 when they die, but Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån - SCB) now say that by 2060, half of Swedes will reach the age bracket.

Half a decade ago, only ten percent of Swedes reached their nineties.

As time progresses, more and more Swedes will also live past the century-mark, with more than one in ten girls reaching 100. In the same time frame, six percent of boys born today will reach that age.

The biggest population increase is in the 65-plus age bracket, which will have added one million people by 2060. There will be another half million children and teenagers, and also half a million Swedes between 20 and 64.

In short, the number of Swedes at an age where they are likely to be in employment will not increase as much as older citizens.

Other noteworthy nuggets in the population report published on Wednesday include Sweden passing the 10-million citizens mark in 2017. The speed in which Sweden will have added one million people to its population is unprecedented, Statistics Sweden noted. By 2040, there will be eleven million Swedes.

The state statistics bureau publishes a population analysis yearly, with a more in-depth review every three years.

Its statisticians explain the population pick-up rate with immigration and birth rates. The large number of children born around 1990 means there will be another baby boom around 2020 when that generation start having families.

Immigrants will continue to outnumber emigrants. Today, about 15 percent of Sweden's population is born abroad. By 2060, that number is predicted to reach 18 percent.

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