Icelanders will continue to be among the youngest populations in Europe, if new predictions published by Statistics Iceland hold true, RÚV reports. The population forecast just published is for the coming 50 years. During that time, the population of the country, which was 332,000 on January 1 this year, is expected to increase by 110,000.
Although young compared to other nations, the average age of the population of Iceland is increasing. In 2049, senior citizens age 65 and older are expected to be more numerous than those who are under 20. The senior group will comprise a quarter of the population by 2061. At that time, a third of Europeans are expected to be seniors.
The forecast is threefold: high (predicting a population of more than 500,000 by 2065), medium (showing 442,000 by 2065) and low (forecasting 369,000 by that time).
Statistics Iceland predicts the life expectancy of Icelanders will continue to increase. It is currently 83 years among women, and almost 80 years among men. Girls born in 2065 could expect to reach the age of 89, boys could assume to last 84.3 years.
The number of people moving to the country is expected to exceed that of those leaving the country, because of immigrants moving here, and the number of Icelanders leaving the country will likely be larger than that of Icelanders returning to the country.