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Table 1 Demographic projections*

From: The challenge of admitting the very elderly to intensive care

Population
> 80 yr, % (thousands)
2010 2020 2030 2040 2050
Northern Europe 4.5 (4,488) 5 (5,197) 6.4 (7,046) 7.5 (8,377) 8.9 (10,192)
Southern Europe 4.9 (7,641) 6.1 (9,676) 7.1 (11,259) 8.8 (13,872) 11.4 (17,759)
Eastern Europe 3.1 (9,246) 3.9 (11,304) 4.1 (11,543) 6.2 (16,526) 6.5 (16,762)
Western Europe 5 (9,536) 6.4 (12,261) 7.5 (14,483) 9.4 (18,292) 11.6 (22,366)
Northern America 3.8 (13,158) 3.9 (14,611) 5.3 (21,242) 7.3 (30,937) 8 (35,911)
Central America 1.3 (1,966) 1.6 (2,893) 2.2 (4,181) 3.3 (6,929) 4.8 (10,447)
South America 1.5 (5,810) 2.0 (8,495) 2.7 (12,632) 4.1 (19,809) 5.7 (28,005)
Asia 1.1 (47,200) 1.5 (69,800) 2.0 (99,786) 3.1 (158,863) 4.5 (232,127)
Oceania 2.8 (1,038) 3.1 (1,293) 4.2 (1,964) 5.3 (2,745) 6.3 (3,456)
Africa 0.4 (4,397) 0.5 (6,558) 0.6 (9,860) 0.8 (15,327) 1 (22,468)
  1. *Source: Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision, http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/index.htm