OECD Population statistics

This dataset presents annual population data from 1950 to 2060 by sex and five year age groups as well as age-dependency ratios. The data is available for 46 countries. Data from 1950 to 2011 (2012) are historical data while data from 2012 (2013) are projections. In order to estimate the population in coming years; fertility rate; life expectancy and level of immigration have to be estimated. Assumptions underlying the estimations of each of these three elements are usually categorise as low; medium or high within one specific country. Where a range of projections are available; the projection data presented here are based on the "medium variant". Assumptions underlying the projection data shown are described country per country in the metadata table as well as the source of data.

The population data is presented in 18 five year age groups which refer to the population from 0-4 to 85 and more. The following age groups are also available: less than 15; less than 20; 15 to 64; 20-64; 65 and over. Age-dependency ratios are also presented.

There are three sources for the data: national statistical institutes; Eurostat or the United Nations. Data are presented for 46 countries. The 34 OECD member countries; the 6 EU countries not belonging to the OECD; and Brazil; Colombia; India; Indonesia; China; Russia and South Africa.

Data for total population may be compiled following two basic concepts: – “Present-in-area population” or de facto; i.e. persons actually present in the country on the date of the census. – “Resident population” or de jure; i.e. Persons regularly domiciled in the country on the date of the census.


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Additional Info

Data Frequency annual
Temporal Coverage Start 1950
Temporal Coverage End 2060
Status Discontinued
Spatial Coverage World
Mode Database
Data Type statistical;projections
Accessed On 2019-10-08
Category international organization

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