Pension beneficiaries

In 2018, 1 349 733 women and 1 108 629 men received at least one pension according to the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS). Compared to the previous year the circle of beneficiaries rose by +0.8% to 2 458 362. Most beneficiaries were in respect of the old age function (1 961 933; an increase by +1.3%). Disability function recorded an increase, too. All other functions had a decreasing number of pension beneficiaries: The number of persons receiving a survivors’ pension amounted to 593 966 (-0.6%), a pension in disability function to 224 070 (+0.7%). The decrease in disability pensions from 2014 is due to legal changes in public pension insurance law. Under unemployment function, the number of beneficiaries receiving special benefit for mining industry and, above all, transition benefit decreased (941; -61.3%), too.

Persons who were beneficiaries of different pension benefits at the same time (e.g. old age as well as survivors’ pension) are covered by each relevant function. However, in total they were counted just once.

Corresponding results in the EU are available on the Eurostat website.

Please consult our German website for tables containing further information.

Results (overview): Pension beneficiaries

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