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Population age structure in percentage, 2010



Data sources:

No current PHIS Pharma Profile available, therefore data from Eurostat was extracted (31 December of each year; last update: 08.10.2011): AL, BE, CH, CY, CZ, DE, EE, EL, FI, HR, HU, IE, LT, LU, LV, MT, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, TR

AT: PHIS Pharma Profile Austria (draft), October 2011

BG: PHIS Pharma Profile Bulgaria, October 2010; data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

DK: PHIS Pharma Profile Denmark (draft), March 2011, data for 2009 and 2010 was added from Eurostat

ES: PHIS Pharma Profile Spain (draft), April 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

FR: PHIS Pharma Profile France (draft), April 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

IS: PHIS Pharma Profile Iceland (draft), September 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

IT: PHIS Pharma Profile Italy (draft), July 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

NL: PHIS Pharma Profile Netherlands (draft), April 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

NO: PHIS Pharma Profile Norway, June 2011; data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

SK: PHIS Pharma Profile Slovakia (draft), July 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

UK: PHIS Pharma Profile United Kingdom (draft), February 2011, data for 2010 was added from Eurostat

Available years in PHIS database:

2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – only the latest available year is shown (2010)

Data limitations / description:

EU-27: data of latest available year (2009 or 2010) of EU Member States (average of percentages in EU Member States)

Data validation:

Data was validated by PHIS network members (if possible) in summer 2011.

Country abbreviations:

AT = Austria, BE = Belgium, BG = Bulgaria, CZ = Czech Republic, CY = Cyprus, DK = Denmark, DE = Germany, EE = Estonia, EL = Greece, ES = Spain, FI = Finland, FR = France, HU = Hungary, IE = Ireland, IT = Italy, LT = Lithuania, LU = Luxembourg, LV = Latvia, MT = Malta, NL = The Netherlands, PL = Poland, PT = Portugal, RO = Romania, SE = Sweden, SI = Slovenia, SK = Slovakia, UK = United Kingdom; AL = Albania, CH = Switzerland, HR = Croatia, IS = Iceland, NO = Norway, TR = Turkey


Definition of the indicator

Definition according to PHIS Taxonomy (

Name of the indicator:

Population age structure


To assess the age structure in order to analyse the impact on using health care / pharmaceutical resources and to get an overview of target groups of pharmaceutical provision in one country.

This background indicator provides basic data that a policy-maker or any person comparing health data across countries should know and have available. It can be used to help identify major problems in health status, in the health system and in the pharmaceutical sector. It should also help setting the pharmaceutical policy within the broader national health context for assessing the country situation.


Total population is defined by the OECD as the resident population, that is, all nationals present in, or temporarily absent from, the country and foreigners who have a permanent place of residence in the country. For most OECD countries, population estimates are based on regular ten-yearly censuses, adjusted with administrative data for the intercensal years. Data on population come mainly from the OECD Labour Force Statistics Database (as of May 2007), and refer to mid-year estimates (Health at a glance, OECD, 2007).

Note that for some countries such as France and the United Kingdom which have overseas colonies, protectorates and territories, these populations are generally excluded. The total population of the country consists of all persons falling within the scope of the census.




3 age groups in percentage: 0-14; 15-64; over 64 years old

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