Ageing Population in Sri Lanka

Emerging Issues, Needs, and Policy Implications

No. of pages: 72

Publication date: 2017

Author: Dr. Sunethra Perera

Publisher: UNFPA Sri Lanka & Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka

ISBN: 978-955-8375-12-9

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This thematic report on the ageing population of Sri Lanka is part of a series of reports that the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has produced in partnership with the Department of Census and Statistics. These reports are based on the 2012 Census on Population and Housing and provide comprehensive analyses on important aspects of Sri Lanka’s population dynamics.

Population projections show that the proportion of Sri Lankans above the age of 60 years will increase from 14% in 2017 to 22% by the year 2037. With such a rapidly ageing population in Sri Lanka, it is imperative for policy makers to ensure that social and economic institutions in the county are ready to face the challenges ahead.