Wednesday 10 August 2022

Post WWI baby boom boosts Dutch centenarian total to 2,600

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Some 2,600 people in the Netherlands have now reached the age of at least 100 and that is an increase of 400 on 2017, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

The CBS had forecast a sharp rise in the number of centenarians following the baby boom in the years after World War II.

The increase comes despite the impact of coronavirus, which disproportionately affected the elderly who lived in residential homes.

Zeeland has the most centenarians per head of the population and Flevoland, a relatively new province, the least. Women account for 80% of the over-100s.

By the end of the decade, the CBS expects the number of centenarians in the Netherlands to have topped 3,500.

The Netherlands’ oldest resident is Ebeltje Boekema-Hut from Leek in Groningen, who is 110.

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