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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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Generations in ageing Finland

Generations in ageing Finland

finding your place in the demographic structure

Chapter:
(p.45) Four Generations in ageing Finland
Source:
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective
Author(s):

Antti Karisto

Ilkka Haapola

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.003.0004

Generations are groups of people that were born at the same historical time, that experienced historical events at similar ages, and that consequently developed a shared identity. As a result, the members of a generation resemble each other in their life-courses patterns. They, therefore, drive demographic change through different mechanisms. Moreover, since generations differ in their size, they contribute to population ageing to different degrees. This chapter uses data from Finland to illustrate generational differences in the live-course. It does this by comparing baby boomers to previous and later generations. Baby boomers are those individuals who now reach old age and who are said to be a major contributor to population ageing because of their high number.

Keywords:   generation, Finland, baby-boomers, third age, activities

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