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Germany’s young population drops to record low amid pandemic: report

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Despite the country’s overall population growth in 2021, the number of people aged 15 to 24 in Germany has reached an all-time low, according to government data released by Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, Destatis. Statistics compiled at the end of 2021 revealed that Germany’s total population had exceeded 83.2 million for the first time. However, only 10% of them were between the ages of 15 and 24, which was the lowest percentage recorded since current records began in 1950.

According to the data, this reached an all-time low of only 8.3 million people in the relevant age group at the end of 2021. With the exception of 2015, Destatis data shows that the proportion of young people is in decline since 2005. According to the report, extremely high death rates during the waves of Covid-19 were the main cause of this development. Furthermore, the results show that in 2021 the average life expectancy for newborn boys in Germany will be 78.2 years, a decrease of 0.6 years, and for newborn girls it will be 83.2 years, a decrease of 0.4 years.

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Although it has reached historic lows, Germany’s share of young population of 10.6% is comparable to the European Union norm, according to an analysis by Deutsche Welle. According to Eurostat data, Germany has a younger population than countries like Spain and Austria, but much less than the Republic of Ireland, where young people make up 12.6% of the total population.

(with agency contributions)