2013 Baseline Survey for the Royal Society for Senior Citizens

01 Jan 2013

The baseline survey for senior citizens is a collective effort of the UNDP Bhutan Country Office and the Royal Society for Senior Citizens (RSSC) and technical support from the Bhutan Survey Agent & Consultancy firm (BSAAC).

To make an attempt to lay the foundation stone for human security in the kingdom of Bhutan, especially amongst its old age citizens, the Royal Society for Senior Citizen (RSSC) was established in 2011 under the command of His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo.

However, due to lack of facts and figures to serve as baseline for formulation of positive plans and programmes for the senior citizens, RSSC could not till date come up with concrete programme plans. To counter this problem a baseline survey was recognized as an urgent need, and with the generous support of the UNDP Bhutan Country Office an initial survey was launched in November, 2012.


  • A total of 101,563 Bhutanese are estimated as old age (55years and above) population from the survey.
  • 62% are males and 38% are females.
  • 53.9% of the old age population live in urban areas.
  • Senior citizens comprise 14% of the total population of 734,854, estimated from the Labour Force Survey 2012.

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Bhutan 
Go to UNDP Global