By 2050, India’s population will be the largest in the world, eclipsing China, once thought of as the population giant.

According to a report in EuroNews, the countries in the EU will be third, followed by the USA.

Jean-Michel Baer, with the European Commission, said: “Europe, it’s true, will be well in the minority in tomorrow’s world. Europe’s population will be older than most of the others. Political lessons will have to be learned. But this mustn’t always be seen in threatening terms; it could have its strong points and its weak ones. The ageing of the population is a weak one but also a strength because there is a lot of knowledge to pass on to younger generations.”