Vietnam, among fastest aging countries in Asia – health ministry

December 8, 2013

Vietnam is among the fastest aging countries in Asia and is among the five countries with fastest aging speed in the world, the country’s health ministry said Wednesday.

In 2012, there was one elderly among every 11 Vietnamese. The ratio is expected to rise to 1/6 in 2029 and 1/4 in 2049, said Duong Quoc Trong, general director of the ministry’s general office for population and family planning.

He said it took Vietnam only 16-18 years to turn from young population to aging population, while other countries experienced decades, even a century.

Vietnam officially entered the period of an aging population country in 2011, six year earlier than forecast, with the rate of over 65-year-old accounting for 7 percent of the population, Trong said at a launching of the national action month on population campaign in here Wednesday.

Vietnam’s population hit 90 million in November 2013, standing the 14th among the most populous countries in the world.

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