Can you guess the age of a leader based on average age of country’s population? An analysis of the age of the head of state from 200 countries reveals a wide range of variations around the world. Comparisons of the age of the leader and the median age of the people of their country produced very different results. Still, there were a few interesting styles.
The world’s youngest population is in Africa, yet it is led by some of the world’s oldest leaders. In Europe, an increasing number of aging people are favorably disposed toward younger leaders. It is also a continent with many opportunities to elect a woman leader as head of state or government.
All over the world, people are healthier and that is why they are living longer. According to Worldometers estimates, by the year 2050, the average age of the world’s population would be 36 (currently 31). Some countries, especially in Europe, have tried to break the age limit by electing new leaders but most government officials have been found to be 60 years old.
Africa is home to the youngest people in the world. It is also home to about 11.4 percent of the world’s population. The average age of the people of the continent is only 19 years. Thirty-seven tribes on the continent are 20 years of age or younger. Only four nations are in their mid-30’s.
However, the leaders of 17 African countries were over 70 years old; three of them were over 80 years old. The 88-year-old President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, is one of the oldest heads of state in the world.
14 European countries are led by leaders under the age of 50.
San Marino, a microstate with a population of about 34,000, is led by the world’s smallest head of state – 29-year-old Alessandro Cardelli.
San Marino is one of the oldest democracies in the world, electing two Captain Regents. Regents are selected from the opposition parties and serve a term of six months each.
In 2019, Finland elected 34-year-old Sanana Marin as its 46th prime minister, making her the world’s youngest leader.
San Marino, Finland and Andorra are three countries where leaders are younger than middle-aged people. Interestingly, the Prime Minister of Finland is eight years younger than the average age of his country.
There were nine European countries where the difference between the age of the head and the rule of the human age was ten or less.
In the 17 countries with women as head of their provinces (or governments), the average age of the people, with the exception of Bangladesh, was more than 35 years.
In addition, 11 of the 17 tribes were in their mid-40’s.
However, wide variation was observed in the age of women leaders. The 35-year-old Marin of Finland was the youngest female supervisor, and the 73-year-old Prime Minister of Bangladesh is the oldest Sheikh Hasina.
Interestingly, there were not many gaps between the years of female headship and those between men.
Older G20 nationals who do not elect new leaders, analyzed the analysis of 200 countries.
The G20 countries account for 90% of global production and two-thirds of the world’s population. Better access to health services and improved literacy rates means that the population in these countries is not only growing slowly but also living longer.
The G20 nations are home to about 70% of the world’s population 65 years of age or older. Most G20 leaders are in their 60s and 70s. About half of the G20 nations have leaders under the age of 20 than the average human population.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is the only country head of the G20s over 80 years of age.
Globally, most leaders are in their 60’s. The country’s youngest head is Captain Regent Alessandro Cardelli of 29-year-old San Marino. The oldest head of state is 89-year-old Raúl Castro of Cuba.
There are three heads of state in the 30s – Sanna Mirella Marin (35) of Finland, Kim Jong-un (37) of North Korea and Nayib Bukele (39) of El Salvador.
In India, six of the 30 prime ministers are under 40 years of age. Most of the prime ministers are in their 60s. Arunachal Pradesh Premier Prem Kandu, 41, is the youngest leader of all governments. Captain Amarinder Singh, 78, is the oldest of the prime ministers.
The average time of the people of the provinces varies from 19 to 31. However, no fixed-term elections for prime ministers have been considered.
In the United States, when the average age is over 38, Joe Biden, 78, is sworn in as 46 and is the country’s oldest president.
Biden was elected after defeating 70-year-old Donald Trump, the then former US president.
The joys of youth vs the wisdom of age
Are older people better leaders? Are young leaders too quick and shortsighted? Do young leaders innovate more than their older counterparts? The argument continues…
With the advent of technology and health care, human health has improved dramatically in the last century. Loss of movement, sight and hearing was once considered an inevitable sign of aging. Today, with the help of joint surgery, replacement of the usual cataract and advanced hearing aids, children over the age of 80 can live a happy life.
According to Forbes report, the performance of leaders has declined as they have grown in this way contrary to the common perception that leaders learn from their work and experience and become better.
The report went on to say that older people are more likely to be arrogant and to ignore those who are less likely to accept change in their ideas or programs.