ISTANBUL

Turkey was home to 22.87 million children — 27.5% of the total population 83.15 million — as of the end of 2019, the country’s statistical authority said on Friday.

The previous year, children made up 28% of the population, while this was 48.5% in 1970 and 41.8% in 1990, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said in a report.

“According to population projections, the proportion of child population is foreseen to be 27% in 2023, 25.6% in 2030, 23.3% in 2040, 20.4% in 2060, and 19.0% in 2080,” it added.

The ratio of children in the EU population is 18.6%,

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