Public Spending in OECD Countries


The youngest populations are in countries with high birth rates (Mexico, Iceland and Turkey) or in countries with high immigration (Australia, Canada and
New Zealand).

The dependency ratio is projected to be above 50% in Finland, Italy and Japan by 2020; for each inactive person age 65+, there will be fewer than two persons in the labor force. 


The lowest dependency ratios by 2020 are projected for Iceland, Mexico and Turkey. All countries will experience a sharp increase in the dependency ratio from 2020 to 2050.


 Sources: OECD Health Data 2009 (OECD © 2009), Pensions at a Glance 2009: Retirement-Income Systems in OECD Countries (OECD © 2009)