EUROPEAN PAPERS ON THE NEW WELFARE

The number of centenarians in Europe

1. Introduction

It is well known today that the number of centenarians is increasing in Europe but this knowledge is relatively new. In his seminal paper on the compression of morbidity in 1980, one of the main arguments used by James Fries, to justify the choice of his ultimate survival curve distributed around the modal life span of 85 years was the total absence of any increase in the number of centenarians since the 19th century in England & Wales (Fries, 1980). Read More