Optomistic but realististic too... (queen_fire) wrote,
Optomistic but realististic too...

I kinda wonder a bit what statistics they are using...

USA: 8.26 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
UK: 10.09 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Germany: 10.71 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Iraq: 5.26 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Iraq Age Structure:
0-14 years: 39.4% (male 5,509,736/female 5,338,722)
15-64 years: 57.6% (male 8,018,841/female 7,812,611)
65 years and over: 3% (male 386,321/female 433,407) (2007 est.)
Iraq's Median age: 20 years

USA's Age Structure:
0-14 years: 20.2% (male 31,152,050/female 29,777,438)
15-64 years: 67.2% (male 100,995,752/female 101,365,035)
65 years and over: 12.6% (male 15,858,477/female 21,991,195) (2007 est.)
USA's Median age: 36.6 years

UK's Age Structure:
0-14 years: 17.2% (male 5,349,053/female 5,095,837)
15-64 years: 67% (male 20,605,031/female 20,104,313)
65 years and over: 15.8% (male 4,123,464/female 5,498,540) (2007 est.)
UK's Median age: 39.6 years

Germany's Age Structure:
0-14 years: 13.9% (male 5,894,724/female 5,590,373)
15-64 years: 66.3% (male 27,811,357/female 26,790,222)
65 years and over: 19.8% (male 6,771,972/female 9,542,348) (2007 est.)
Median age: 43 years

Courtesy of the CIA World Factbook

Of course, it shows that many deaths in the developed world are due to old age more then violence. Considering the relative lack of people older then 65 in Iraq, only 3% of the population, their age related deaths are probably low. Having such a relatively high rate of deaths per population, without older citizens, shows how many younger people are dying to fill the gap. (Something to be expected as they are in the middle of a warzone.) I just thought I'd look them up since I was already on the CIA world factbook's pages to get the median age statistics.

For people who are wondering this is also where we get the whole "Graying Europe" rhetoric from as obviously if they have more senior citizens per population, percentagewise, they must all be going senile, no? (Of course this makes their statistics little different then any other group of statistics that are abused on an almost daily basis).
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