Average age

The average age in global comparison

The average age has risen in almost all countries since the World War II. In 1950, it was 23.9 years worldwide. In 2005 it was 28.1 years.

Among the 131 countries evaluated here, the USA are in 38th place with an average age of 37.4 years, led by Japan with a 45.9 years. Niger has the lowest average age with only 15.0 years.

Median age by country

CountryMedian age
in years
Population under
20 years old
Life expectancy
in years
Japan45.917.4 %84.4
Germany45.517.9 %81.0
Italy44.318.2 %83.5
Bulgaria43.018.7 %75.1
Greece42.819.1 %81.9
Austria42.719.1 %81.8
Croatia42.619.9 %78.3
Slovenia42.419.5 %81.5
Finland42.321.8 %81.8
Portugal42.218.6 %81.6
Switzerland42.020.0 %83.8
Netherlands41.822.2 %81.9
Belgium41.622.7 %81.7
Latvia41.519.9 %75.3
Spain41.419.3 %83.6
Denmark41.122.5 %81.0
Sweden41.022.8 %82.6
Estonia40.921.1 %78.6
Malta40.919.5 %82.5
Hungary40.619.3 %76.3
France40.624.0 %82.9
Czechia40.319.8 %79.1
United Kingdom40.223.3 %81.3
Cuba40.121.6 %78.7
Canada40.121.5 %82.0
Ukraine39.720.2 %72.1
Bosnia and Herzegovina39.519.8 %77.3
South Korea39.418.8 %82.7
Romania39.420.6 %75.6
Belarus39.321.6 %74.7
Lithuania39.320.0 %76.2
Norway39.023.8 %82.8
Poland38.819.7 %77.8
Serbia38.722.3 %76.0
Russia38.322.4 %73.1
Singapore38.120.6 %83.2
Georgia37.624.9 %73.8
United States37.425.3 %78.6
China37.423.1 %76.7
Australia37.225.1 %82.8
Macedonia37.122.5 %75.7
New Zealand37.026.2 %81.9
Thailand36.923.6 %77.1
Iceland35.526.3 %82.9
Ireland35.327.7 %82.3
Uruguay34.428.2 %77.8
North Korea33.627.9 %72.1
Chile33.127.2 %80.0
Albania32.924.6 %78.5
Qatar31.718.3 %79.7
Sri Lanka31.431.5 %76.9
Argentina31.132.6 %76.5
Brazil30.329.3 %75.8
Israel30.135.5 %82.9
United Arab Emirates30.018.2 %77.7
Vietnam29.829.8 %75.4
Costa Rica29.729.0 %80.1
Kazakhstan29.434.1 %73.1
Turkey29.432.9 %77.4
Burma29.035.7 %66.9
Iran28.530.1 %76.5
Panama27.935.6 %78.4
Indonesia27.835.7 %71.5
Colombia27.731.3 %77.1
Saudi Arabia27.531.7 %75.0
Malaysia27.432.6 %76.1
Morocco27.035.3 %76.4
Mexico27.035.2 %75.0
Venezuela27.036.0 %72.3
Algeria26.936.2 %76.7
Peru26.535.6 %76.6
India26.436.6 %69.4
Ecuador26.137.0 %76.9
South Africa26.037.7 %64.0
Dominican Republic25.838.1 %74.0
Egypt25.241.9 %71.9
Bangladesh25.137.6 %72.4
Cambodia24.440.3 %69.5
Paraguay23.938.7 %74.2
Philippines23.041.1 %71.2
Pakistan22.544.2 %67.1
Bolivia22.441.1 %71.3
Nepal22.441.4 %70.5
Syria22.447.8 %72.1
Haiti22.242.7 %63.7
Laos21.442.6 %67.6
Equatorial Guinea20.646.0 %58.4
Ghana20.648.5 %63.8
Mauritania19.849.9 %64.7
Iraq19.750.5 %70.4
Solomon Islands19.749.2 %72.9
Central Africa19.754.5 %52.8
Zimbabwe19.551.4 %61.1
Guatemala19.445.5 %74.1
Sao Tome and Principe19.253.6 %70.2
Sudan19.251.5 %65.1
Guinea-Bissau19.151.6 %58.0
Sierra Leone19.152.8 %54.3
Yemen19.150.4 %66.1
Comoros19.149.9 %64.1
Ivory Coast19.053.1 %57.5
Togo18.951.8 %60.8
Kenya18.851.0 %66.3
Congo18.852.2 %64.3
Guinea18.652.7 %61.1
South Sudan18.652.3 %57.6
Liberia18.552.3 %63.7
Madagascar18.451.7 %66.7
Eritrea18.40.0 %66.0
Benin18.453.1 %61.5
Cameroon18.353.1 %58.9
Ethiopia18.251.7 %66.3
Rwanda18.250.3 %68.7
Senegal18.153.1 %67.6
Nigeria17.854.3 %54.3
Burundi17.655.0 %61.3
Tanzania17.555.4 %65.0
Congo (Dem. Republic)17.456.6 %60.4
Mozambique17.355.5 %60.1
Malawi17.254.9 %63.8
Burkina Faso17.155.9 %61.1
Gambia17.056.0 %61.8
Timor-Leste16.655.2 %69.3
Zambia16.655.8 %63.5
Afghanistan16.554.5 %64.5
Somalia16.357.3 %57.1
Angola16.357.2 %60.9
Mali16.358.4 %58.9
Uganda15.858.7 %62.9
Chad15.858.1 %54.0
Niger15.060.8 %62.1

All information relates to the year 2013.

Influences on the average age

Various factors have an influence on the age of a country's population. In economic nations and highly developed countries in particular, reliably good nutrition and medical care leads to higher life expectancy and thus to an increase in the age of the population. A higher proportion of women also results in a slight increase, as women generally have a higher life expectancy.

However, the birth rate has the greatest influence. In almost all countries with higher income the birth rate is remarkably low (cf. Population growth by country) and in poorer countries very high.

In most industrialised countries, for example, the lack of young people is currently causing the average age to rise, while in less developed countries the age is stagnating or even falling.