Population in Germany growing younger again


For the first time since the reunification in 1990, the average age of the population in Germany is decreasing again.

According to the Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), the average age of its population in 2015 was 44 years and three months, whereas in 2014 it was 44 years and four months, after having increased by five years since the 1990s.

However, the slight decrease after 24 years of increase is exclusively attributed to the afflux of non-Germans to the population, the statisticians noted. The average age of the German population, in return, continued to rise – from 44 years and ten months to 45 years. While the women’s average amounted to 46 years and five months, the male average was 43 years and seven months.

The average age of the non-German population, in contrast, dropped from 38 years and nine months in 2014 to 37 years and five months in 2015. The decrease is mainly attributed to the influx of young people from regions of the world ridden by crisis and war – particularly from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria. Among these groups, the average age fell from 29 years and six months to 26 years and five months.

While the German population decreased by 134,037 people in this time period, the non-German population increased by 1,112,184 people – amongst which 503,988 asylum seekers from the abovementioned countries.


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