March 23, 2009

One in 10,000 Dutch over 100 years old

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

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

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

The oldest person in the Netherlands is a woman said to be 111, the statistics bureau said.