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The Lebanese population has been aging for some time, at least since the 1970s, as couples began to produce fewer children, and people continued to live progressively longer.The population aged 65 years and over (the "old" by definition), represents the fastest growing age group in the population and will be so for a long time to come. While in 1970, there were eight times more children under 15 years of age than old people, it is expected that, by 2040, the number of older people will surpass that of children, and the gap between the two groups will continue to widen thereafter. A number of factors are changing the traditional family. In Lebanon this translates into a ratio of around eight males to 10 females which, added to other economic and social considerations, has resulted in a high-celibacy rates among Lebanese women.Widowhood remained fairly stable at about 6 percent of the population for 15 years and over since 1970 .Lebanon received last year some $8 billion from Lebanese working abroad.
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