March 23, 2009

One in 10,000 Dutch over 100-years-old

The official statistics bureau in the Netherlands said one in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is now aged 100 or older.

Statistics Netherlands said centenarians in the country numbered only 350 in 1979, but the number grew to a total 1,633 as of Jan. 1 of this year, Expatica reported Monday.

The agency said 33 percent of those aged 100 or above were men in 1979, but the male share of the population has now dwindled to 12 percent.

The current oldest person in the Netherlands is a 111-year-old woman, the statistics bureau said.