As a result of increasing life expectancy, one age group has experienced particular growth. Its above-average increase is expected to continue in the coming decades. According to the latest UN figures, the size of the world’s over-80 generation is growing. There are already over 126 million people aged over 80. While Japan is still the country with the traditionally largest proportion of very old people, Germany is now in seventh place in the world. Approx. 4.6 million very old people currently live here, 56 percent more than 25 years ago. And by 2040, the number is expected to grow to eight million. By then, around one in ten German citizens will be aged 80 or older, according to the GDV (German Insurance Association), which has prepared interactive, online detailed facts for continents and countries.