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Thinking ahead What are your retirement plans?

The European Union has declared 2012 the “European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations” to raise awareness of the political potential of the elderly and their role in society. How are you preparing for retirement?

It’s not easy to stop working and leave your colleagues behind. If you are getting ready for this important phase of your life, what are your hopes and fears? How will you go about your daily life? And how could this change affect your family and social life? Tell us!

Swiss Population

The ageing of the Swiss population continues from year to year. On the one hand, the share of people 65 or older rose to 16.9% in 2010 – or 1.3 million people out of the total population of 7.9 million.

On the other, the share of the population under age 20 continued to fall (from 21.2% to 21.0%).

In 1900, there were 76 young people (under age 20) and 10 people 65 or older for every 100 people of working age (ages 20–64). This ratio has changed significantly: in 2010, there were only 34 young people and 27 people 65 or older for every 100 of working age.

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