Population Ageing in Hungary and the NetherlandsA European Perspective
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Netherlands, 15 May 2000
By: G.C.N. Beets, Karoly Miltenyi
Hungary and the Netherlands are two examples of variation in the population ageing process. Because the two countries have differing demographic histories, the ageing levels and trends vary: the Hungarian process is more advanced while the Netherlands still has to experience the main part of the process. This variation reflects different socio-economic, political and cultural pasts, and will inevitably have consequences for the societies of tomorrow. This book presents the backgrounds of demographic ageing in the two countries, the socio-demographic and socio-economic setting, as well as the relationships between ageing and the family, the labour force, social security and retirement, and mortality, morbidity and health care. Where possible, micro data sets are used as an analytical tool. Basic information is given for past decades, while future projections and scenarios on population and household trends are also included and future consequences discussed. At several points, the situation in the two countries is placed in a broader European perspective. The book is aimed at a broad audience (in both scientific and policy circles), interested in the variation and causes of population ageing as well as the various consequences. The study results from intensive interdisciplinary Dutch-Hungarian cooperation, accommodated by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the humanities and social sciences (NIAS, Wassenaar, Netherlands). The project was coordinated in the Netherlands by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, and in Hungary by the Demographic Research Institute (part of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office) in Budapest.