Demographic changes

Owing to fewer births than in the past and rising life expectancy, Slovenia faces the process of population ageing, which is expected to be more intense than in the EU, according to demographic projections. The growing proportion of population aged over 65 will have a significant upward effect on expenditure on pensions, health care, long-term care and other costs related to ageing, where Slovenia will stand out significantly among other EU Member States. Population ageing will also necessitate changes in social care and employment, as well as appropriate policy responses in many other areas, such as adjusting the environment and services to the needs of older people.