Sri Lanka Age structure

Sri Lanka > Demographics

Age structure: 0-14 years:26% (male 2,605,251; female 2,490,416)
15-64 years:67% (male 6,285,118; female 6,606,196)
65 years and over:7% (male 602,470; female 649,124) (2000 est.)

Definition: This entry provides the distribution of the population according to age. Information is included by sex and age group (0-14 years, 15-64 years, 65 years and over). The age structure of a population affects a nation's key socioeconomic issues. Countries with young populations (high percentage under age 15) need to invest more in schools, while countries with older populations (high percentage ages 65 and over) need to invest more in the health sector. The age structure can also be used to help predict potential political issues. For example, the rapid growth of a young adult population unable to find employment can lead to unrest.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of April 17, 2000

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