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Every tenth person "severely disabled" in Germany: statistics

English.news.cn   2014-07-30 07:52:45

BERLIN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- One in ten people living in Germany is statistically severely disabled, said the German Federal Statistical Office, or Destatis, on Tuesday.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, about 7.5 million severely disabled people lived in Germany at the end of 2013, which represented 9.4 percent of the total German population.

As the figures showed, almost one-third of the severely disabled in Germany are more than 75 years old, and almost just under half of the total are between 55 and 75 years old, while only two percent are children or adolescents.

The figures also showed that 85 percent of disabilities are caused by a disease, while four percent are congenital, and two percent are caused by an accident.

Destatis also pointed out that two out of three severely disabled people in Germany have physical disabilities, and slightly more than half of the severely disabled in Germany were men.

According to Destatis, people are classified as severely disabled in Germany if a pension office has determined a degree of disablement of 50 or more and a valid disability pass has been handed over.

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