Many “silver surfers” in the EFTA countries

Published 06-10-2015
On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, celebrated each year on 1 October, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), publishes demographic indicators on elderly people living in the EU and EFTA countries.

A greater percentage of the EFTA population aged between 65 and 74 use the internet compared to older people living in the EU. Iceland has the highest proportion of internet use (88%), compared to Norway (77%), Switzerland (62%) and the EU as a whole (42%). Regarding participation in social networks (as a percentage of internet users aged 65 to 74) Iceland again has the highest proportion, at 60%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 or over in all EFTA countries has risen substantially over the last 15 years and is projected to further increase to almost a quarter by 2080. Between 2001 and 2014, Iceland and Switzerland increased by 14% each and Norway by 5%. In 2014, the proportion of the population aged 65 or over was 13.2% in Iceland, 15.5% in Liechtenstein, 15.9% in Norway and 17.6% in Switzerland.

For further information, see Eurostat’s news release 166/2015 and the dedicated website on population structure and ageing.

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