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Italy is the country with the oldest people in Europe

With 21.4 percent of the population over 65 years old, Italy is the country with the oldest people in Europe and the second in the world after Japan, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the occasion of the International day of older persons, WHO released a report which highlights the characteristics that make Italy an ideal place for the elderly. Factors such as universal access to healthcare and the high level of national health system enhance the quality of life of older adults.

Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) said “The global development agenda must adopt changes with an aging society, thinking in particular of women who represent the most consistent over 60 years serving”

According to forecasts of the organization, now and for the first time in history, most people reach or exceed 60, while 125 million persons in the world have reached 80 years.

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