The best and worst countries to grow old—UN rankings


In this Sept. 26, 2013, photo, 80-year-old Marianne Blomberg works out at a gym in Stockholm. Sweden came out on top of global rankings of the best countries to grow old, according to a global study scheduled released Tuesday, Oct. 1, by the United Nations and an elder rights group. The Swedish government has suggested people continue working beyond 65, a prospect Blomberg cautiously welcomes but warns should not be a requirement. AP

GENEVA—Rankings of the best and worst countries to grow old, according to the UN-backed Global AgeWatch Index 2013, were released on Tuesday, the first survey of its kind to collect global data on the well-being of the elderly in a rapidly aging world.

The index, compiled by the HelpAge International advocacy group and the UN Population Fund, ranks 91 countries by comparing data from the World Health Organization and other agencies on older people’s incomes, health, education, employment and their environments.

TOP 10

1. Sweden

2. Norway

3. Germany

4. Netherlands

5. Canada

6. Switzerland

7. New Zealand

8. USA

9. Iceland

10. Japan

Britain came in at 13, ahead of Australia (14) and France (18).

Lower down in the rankings were the emerging economies of Brazil (31), China (35), South Africa (65), India (73) and Russia (78).


82. Honduras

83. Montenegro

84. West Bank and Gaza

85. Nigeria

86. Malawi

87. Rwanda

88. Jordan

89. Pakistan

90. Tanzania

91. Afghanistan

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  • Diepor

    Were is denmark

  • Hfxwst

    Well, we did better on this than we did on the list of corrupt countries and the list of good universities!

  • WeAry_Bat

    My mother still works decade past her retirement age. I believe this has kept her away from the sudden shock and death of people who drastically change their lifestyle (say, bohemian or easy easy) after decades of the same kind of work.

    On a lighter note as most here are quite cheerful, I do believe I am prepared for retirement because of the easy easy lifestyle I have here at work having delegated and automated myself successfully out of tedium.

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