Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

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Old People in Poland

Piotr Błędowski

Deutsche Fassung


The Polish population is shrinking. At the same time, the number of old people is growing. Poland shares this demographic development with most of the other countries in Europe. The consequences are also the same. Among old people, the share of women is very high. They often live alone. State pensions are low, old-age poverty is widespread. The number of very old people over 80 is also growing. Welfare and old-age policies face enormous challenges.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 233–238)