Census 2011 : Ageing in Curaçao

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Census 2011 : Ageing in Curaçao

In the contemporary trend of ageing populations all around the globe the population of Curaçao is no exception. In fact,
Curaçao shows a very similar pattern of the population ageing process as the more developed countries in the world. A
rapid fertility decline coupled with low death rates and increasing longevity are the main ingredients of the global
recipe for ageing populations in the more developed regions. Curaçao has pretty much sticked to this recipe resulting in
an advanced ageing process of the population.

This article will outline the historical path of the ageing process in Curaçao and moreover put the current situation in
perspective by comparing it to other countries and regions in the world.
A selection of the United Nations Population Ageing and Development Indicators is used for this purpose and will be
discussed one by one. These indicators are: number of persons aged 60 years or over, proportion of the total population
aged 60 years or over, life expectancy at age 60, share of persons aged 80 years or over, sex ratio of older persons, oldage
support ratio and proportion of the older population in the labour force. The data used for the indicators are from
the six censuses held in Curaçao between 1960 and 2011.

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