Cypriot men gained almost half a year of life expectancy over women between 2004 and 2014 and Cyprus is the EU country with the lowest share of women among the age group of 80+, according to Eurostat.
People in Cyprus aged 80 in 2014 were likely to live another 8.8 years on average. In all EU countries women live longer than men; and in Cyprus elderly women are expected to live another 9.2 years and men 8.4.
The gap between men and women has narrowed in the past ten years in some EU countries, in particular in Greece and Cyprus, where men gained almost half a year (0.4 years) of life expectancy over women. In Cyprus, the gap of 0.8 years has narrowed from 1.2 years in 2004 while in the majority of member states since 2004, life expectancy has increased more rapidly for women than for men, notably in Estonia where women gained almost one year of life expectancy more than men and Hungary (a gain of half a year).
An average of 64.4 per cent of the elderly population in the EU are women, but just 58.9 per cent are women in Cyprus, the lowest number in the EU. Three quarters are women in some Baltic countries. Latvia tops the list with 75.9 per cent, followed by Estonia (75.2 per cent) and Lithuania (73.4 per cent).
According to the study by Eurostat on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons celebrated each year on October 1, in 2015, almost 27 million people aged 80 or over (referred to as elderly people in the report) were living in the EU, seven million more than in 2005.
An increase in both their absolute number and their share in total population is observed in nearly every EU member state. The rising share of elderly people in the EU (from 4 per cent in 2005 to 5.3 per cent in 2015) means that in 2015 one in every 20 persons living in the EU was aged 80 or over.
The highest proportion of people aged 80 or over was recorded in Italy with 6.5 per cent.
In contrast, Ireland and Slovakia (both 3.1 per cent) as well as Cyprus (3.2 per cent) recorded the lowest proportions of elderly people in their population.
The ageing of the population structure is, at least partly, the result of an increasing life expectancy, which grew at the age of 80 from 8.4 years in 2004 to 9.5 years in 2014. People aged 80 in 2014 could expect to live at least 11 years more in France, followed by Spain (10.4 years)