The proportion of the elderly who live alone fall to new lows

A significantly smaller proportion of older women and men above 65 years live alone compared with twenty years ago. There will be longer and longer between wi

The proportion of the elderly who live alone fall to new lows

A significantly smaller proportion of older women and men above 65 years live alone compared with twenty years ago.

There will be longer and longer between widows, widowers and other older danes, who only have one name on the mailbox.

In the year of living eur 38.1 percent of all danes over 65 years of age only. Twenty years ago, the proportion was for the comparison of 44.6 percent.

It shows data from Statistics Denmark.

the Proportion of the elderly who live alone, have fallen every single year since the year 2000.

A big part of the explanation on development must be found in the danes 'life expectancy," explains chief Lisbeth Harbo from Statistics Denmark.

- When relatively fewer people live alone, it must be seen in the context that both men and women are living longer, and elderly households will thus be split later, she says in a press release.

Danish women can on average expect to be 82,9 years, while male life expectancy in 2019 is at 79 years old.

In 2000, life expectancy almost four years lower for females than it is in the day - namely, to 79.2 years. The same year, Danish men can expect to live 74.5 years.

Thus is the gap between men's and women's life expectancy since the turn of the millennium been a few years less.

That women still live longer than men, is clearly seen in the statistics. So this year, twice as many older women as men living alone.

Since Statistics Denmark, in 1986, began to measure how many Danish elderly who live alone, the proportion has not been so low as it is this year.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 23 December 2019, 19:00

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