Rapid population ageing in Viet Nam: Challenges and Opportunities

Challenges and Opportunities

No. of pages: 4

Publication date: 2016

Author: UNFPA

Viet Nam’s rapid population ageing continues and is expected to accelerate in the future. In recent decades, Viet Nam has made exceptional advances in population health. Mortality and fertility rates have plummeted and life expectancy at birth rose to 70.6 years for men and 76.0 for women in 2014. Together, these trends have led to a greater fraction of the total opulation comprised by seniors (60 years and above). While in 1990 seniors made up 7.2 per cent of the population, they accounted for 10 per cent in 2011, which marked the country’s entrance into its socalled “ageing phase”.