Fewest kids in 2050

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ortugal is expected to be the European Union members state with the lowest proportion of children in 2050, when they will represent just 11.5% of the population, according to demographic projections disclosed by Eurostat on Thursday.

The European statistics office publication on “youths and children in the EU” shows that in 2014 children under 15 represented 14.6% of the Portuguese population, slightly lower than the European average of 15.6%, but until 2025 Portugal is expected to see the second largest fall in the percentage of children in the total population (-3.1 percentage points), falling to the lowest level in the 28 members states.

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In general, the proportion of children in the total EU population will drop over the coming years, but much more gently than in Portugal, slipping from 15.3% in 2014 to 15.0% in 2050.

The country with the highest proportion of children in 2014 was Ireland (22.0%), followed by France (18.6%) and the UK (17.6%).