The number of centenarians, people aged 100 years or more, has grown to record levels over the last decade in Scotland, according to the latest data from the National Records of Scotland.
According to the figures, the number of people aged 100 years or more has increased from 580 in 2002 to more than 830 in 2011, an increase of 43 percent. Around 700, or 84 percent, of the centenarians are women compared to 130 males.
The acting registrar general for Scotland, Audrey Robertson said that one of the reasons for the substantial growth in centenarians and those in their 90s could be the fact that the birth rate in 1920 and 1921 was much higher than normal.
"Estimates of the number of people aged 90 to 99 show relatively big increases in 2010 and 2011. This is partly due to births in 1920 and 1921 being much higher than in the preceding years. The number of births in 1920 was the highest since the introduction of national registration in 1855", she said.