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Saxony in a State of Change

The Term 'Demographics'

The term demographics is derived from the Greek 'démos' - people, and 'graphé' - scripture, description.  Demographics is a scientific discipline, which deals with the life, progression, and demise of human populations. It records and analyses current populations, their structures (e.g. age, gender, nationality, household structures), movements (mobility, size, migration values) and their historic values. The most used tool in demographics is statistics. The best known visual tool is the so-called 'population tree'.

Demographic Change

The term 'demographic change' has become a much used buzzword in everyday language. Experts talk about demographic change in terms of the apparent and profound changes in our society, which are caused by higher life expectancy, lower birth rates, the breakdown of traditional family structures, and migration. Demographic change is therefore not about normal demographic developments, which take place all the time and in all societies. After all, the number of people living in a specific country or region is constantly fluctuating - both in terms of the total number, and its make-up in terms of age groups.

How does Change become apparent?

Demographic change is a gradual process. Changes become apparent over long periods of time.

Facts at a Glance

What demographic changes have been occurring in Saxony to date? What developments are expected by 2020?

Change with Consequences

Demographic change impacts almost all areas of everyday life. Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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