Italy has Europe's second oldest population after Germany
Liguria is region with highest share of elderly11 February, 15:17
At the start of 2012 Italy had 148.6 elderly people for every 100 youths, compared to Germany's 155.8, Istat said.
The 'oldest' region was Liguria in northwest Italy, with 236.2 elderly people for every 100 youths.
Southern Calabria was Italy's 'youngest' region, although here the share of elderly people exceeded youths for the first time. Average life expectancy in Italy was 84 and a half years among women and just over 79 years among men, among the longest in the European Union, Istat said.
Conversely, the average number of births per woman (1.42) was among the lowest across the group.