The EU population aged 65 years or over was 20.6% in 2020 and this is 3.0 percentage points higher than the corresponding share from a decade earlier.
In Cyprus, this percentage was 16.3% in 2020 compared to 16.1% in 2019 and 12.7% in 2011.
Across the EU Member States, the highest share of the elderly in the total population in 2020 was observed in Italy (23.2%), followed by Greece and Finland (22.3% each), Portugal (22.1%), Germany (21.8%) and Bulgaria (21.6%).
The lowest shares were recorded in Ireland (14.4%) and in Luxembourg (14.5%).
At regional level, the highest shares of elderly people were found in Chemnitz (29.3%) in Germany, followed by Liguria (28.7%) in Italy, Epirus (27.3%) in Greece, Limousin (27.1%) in France and Saxony-Anhalt (27.0%) in Germany.
The lowest shares were recorded in two overseas regions of France: Mayotte (2.7%) and French Guiana (6.1%), and the Spanish autonomous region of Melilla (11.1%).