The 25 countries with the lowest percentages of children

The world’s population is aging fast, and these countries are proof.

Declining fertility rates and increased life expectancy have contributed to an overall global trend of aging populations worldwide. For the first time in recorded history, last year people over the age of 64 outnumbered children 5 years of age and younger.

Though better medical technology is a large factor in this shift, the Global Burden of Disease Study also cited a decreased interest in having large families as another key reason why the global fertility rate has been cut in half since 1950.

Related: The countries with the youngest populations in the world

This is a phenomenon that transcends borders – but some nations and administrative regions are clearly at the forefront of this trend.

The World Bank records the percentage of people in each country and region under the age of 15. These are the 25 places with the lowest populations of children in the world.


25. Czech Republic — 15.53% under 14


24. Slovakia — 15.46% under 14


23. Romania — 15.24% under 14


22. Slovenia — 15.11% under 14


21. Lithuania — 14.99% under 14


20. Switzerland — 14.92% under 14


19. Poland — 14.86% under 14


T-17. Singapore — 14.73% under 14


T-17. Croatia — 14.73% under 14


16. Spain — 14.59% under 14


15. Malta — 14.46% under 14


14. Channel Islands — 14.44% under 14


13. Bulgaria — 14.39% under 14


12. Hungary — 14.30% under 14


11. Bosnia and Herzegovina — 14.15% under 14


10. Austria — 14.10% under 14


T-8. United Arab Emirates — 13.88% under 14


T-8. Qatar — 13.88% under 14


7. Macau — 13.77% under 14

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6. Italy — 13.43% under 14


5. Portugal — 13.40% under 14


4. South Korea — 13.35% under 14


3. Germany — 13.07% under 14


2. Japan — 12.84% under 14


1. Hong Kong — 11.91% under 14