Spain has the same young people as in 1960

The demography in Spain it is one of the issues that most concern today. The population of the country is getting older and the number of young boys it is getting smaller and smaller, looking for an uncertain future and in which society will lose more and more members. In fact, the new generations are reducing more and more and reaching levels that were not seen since the last century.

This is what the Institute of Youth warns, INJUVE, in its report La Juventud en Cifras. It warns of the loss of members in the new generations and the growing aging of the population, a tendency that if not reversed will cause difficult situations in the future, such as the lack of funds needed for pensions.


Below the European average

According to the data offered in the INJUVE, the figure of young boys in Spain during 2016 it was 7.1 million. Which meant 15.3% of the total population of this country, which is approximately 46 million. These numbers are similar to those that this nation had in the 60s, although the weight in those times was lower since the society of that time was much smaller than today.

That is, over time the population of Spain has grown but the youth sector has not maintained this trend. In fact, our country is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of people among 15 and 29 years Presents of the whole European Union. Only Italy has more negative data in this regard.


Those who suffer most from the lack of young people are the rural communities. According to the data offered by the INJUVE, the villages with less than 2.00 rooms in Spain only receive 5% of people between 15 and 29 years old. Those between 2,000 and 10,000 residents have a population of 14.7% of these ages.

The nuclei of between 10,000 and 50,000 inhabitants welcome the 27,61% of the young population of Spain. The remaining 32% are distributed by the provincial capitals of the different communities of Spain. An example of the latter is the case of Aragón, where 58% of residents of these ages live in these urban centers.

Reduction of the population.

The constant loss of young people in Spain has a clear effect: the loss of population in this country. This is reflected in the data recently presented by the National Institute of Statistics, INE, referring to the pattern of this country. Currently in this country 46.5 million people live together, data that represent a decline in the population for the fifth consecutive year. On this occasion, the decrease was 17,982 and the main reason has been the low arrival of immigrants in recent years and the low birth rates in this country.


A loss of population that is common throughout the Spanish territory. However, some autonomous communities have increased their neighbors as evidenced by the INE data. At the head of this group is the Community of Madrid, which received 6,505 more individuals in 2016, causing an increase of 0.6%.

Considering the absolute values, Catalonia is located in second position after increasing its population by 7,551 people, a growth of 0.4%. The Basque Country occupies the third position thanks to the 2,193 that were registered in this territory, an increase of 0.2%.

Andalusia was the community that lost most of its population during 2016, if absolute values ​​are taken into account. Specifically, this territory saw 8,370 people abandon the register. The Valencian Community is the second positioned in the ranking of territories with greater decrease of neighbors with a reduction of 4.935 people in total.

Damián Montero

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