International Men's Day

Men outnumber women in Slovenia

On 1 July 2020, men accounted for 50.2% of total population of Slovenia. This is largely due to the increased immigration from abroad in the recent years. Men tend to die younger than women do, but in the future their life expectancy at birth is expected to lengthen more significantly than women’s.

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From 1999 on, the International Men's Day has been celebrated every year on 19 November in over 70 countries worldwide. On this day, the international community focuses on the health issues of men and boys, on improving gender equality and on highlighting male role models. This is an occasion to celebrate the achievements and contributions of men, especially their contribution to community, family, marriage and child care.


Men outnumber women in Slovenia

On 1 July 2020, Slovenia had a population of over 2.1 million (2,100,126). It consisted of 50.2% men and 49.8% women. Men outnumbered women by 8,840. The number of men exceeded the number of women on 1 July 2019 for the first time in more than 160 years of reliable data on the population of the present territory of Slovenia. There are only a few countries in the European Union where men outnumber women: other than Slovenia also Malta, Luxembourg and Sweden.

The increasing share of men among the population in Slovenia is largely due to increased immigration of foreign citizens (predominantly men) with the purpose of employment, typical for the favourable state of the economy in the last few years. This is also reflected in the sex ratio by different age groups: men outnumber women up until age 61. Between ages 20 and 50, the number of men exceeds the number of women most significantly: on 1 July 2020 there were 53,000 more men than women in this age group, or 53% of the total population of this age.


In a quarter of municipalities there are more women than men

Even though men outnumber women in Slovenia, this is not true for all municipalities. The number of men most significantly exceeds the number of women in municipalities Šentrupert, Osilnica, Zavrč and Cerkvenjak: on 1 July 2020 men outnumbered women by 20% or more in these municipalities. The fewest men compared to women lived in municipalities Murska Sobota, Ankaran, Poljčane and Dobrovnik, where women outnumbered men by 5% or more. In total, there were 57 municipalities with fewer men than women.



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Due to assumed healthier lifestyles, men projected to live longer in the future

From age 62 on, there are fewer men than women in Slovenia. Men’s general health is on average poorer than women’s due to less heathy lifestyle. That is why men tend to die younger. In 2019, the mean age at death was under 74 years for men and over 82 years for women. Similarly, men’s life expectancy at birth is lower than for women (in 2019, 78.5 and 84.2 years, respectively).

EUROPOP2019 population projections assume increasing life expectancy in the coming decades for both sexes in all EU Member States, whereby the gender gap is expected to gradually decrease: boys born in Slovenia in 2100 are assumed to live until 89 years of age and girls until 93 years of age.

Because of this and because of assumed positive net migration of mostly men in the future, the share of men among the population of Slovenia is projected to remain above 50% in the coming decades as per EUROPOP2019 projections. In 2100, men are projected to outnumber women up to the age of 82.

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