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Number of centenarians rising in Czech Republic

ČTK |
14 October 2011

Prague, Oct 13 (CTK) - A total of 625 centenarians, 534 women and 91 men, lived in the 10.5-million Czech Republic as of the end of September and their number has been gradually rising in the country, Czech Social Security Authority (CSSZ) spokesman Pavel Gejdos told CTK Thursday.

At present, 70 more people aged 100 and more live in the Czech Republic than two years ago and about 160 more than in July of 2006.

The oldest inhabitants of the Czech Republic are two women born in 1904. The oldest man was born in 1905.

"The highest number of centenarians live in Prague and in the South Moravian Region, the lowest in the Karlovy Vary Region (west Bohemia)," Gejdos said.

In September, 132 people aged 100 and more lived in Prague and 81 in South Moravia, but only 16 in the Karlovy Vary Region.

Czech society has been ageing.

Demographers say the most significant change will be the rise in the number of very old people.

According to statistical estimates, almost 13,000 centenarians would live in the Czech Republic in 2050 and some 19,700 in 2065, while women would prevail among them. Men would make up one-quarter of centenarians.

People aged over 100 have the right to a pension bonus in the Czech Republic that now amounts to 2000 crowns.

A higher pension for centenarians was introduced in the country in 1969.

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