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Ranked: The Best Countries to Retire In

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Ranked: The Best Countries to Retire in Around the World

Our global population is getting older. By 2050, the OECD predicts that 30% of people worldwide will be aged 65 or over.

While some countries are relatively prepared to handle this increase in the elderly demographic, others are already feeling the squeeze and struggling with the challenges that come with a rapidly aging population.

Which countries are the best equipped to support their senior citizens? This graphic uses data from the 2022 Natixis Global Retirement Index to show the best countries to retire in around the world, based on several different factors that we’ll dig into below.

What Makes a Country Retirement-Friendly?

When people consider what makes a place an ideal retirement location, it’s natural to think about white sand beaches, hot climates, and endless sunny days. And, in truth, the right net worth opens up a world of opportunity of where to enjoy one’s golden years.

The Global Retirement Index (GRI) examines retirement from different, more quantitative perspective. The annual report looks at 44 different countries and ranks them based on their retirement security. The index considers 18 factors, which are grouped into four overarching categories:

  • Health: Health spend per capita, life expectancy, and non-insured health spend.
  • Quality of Life: Happiness levels, water and sanitation, air quality, other environmental factors, and biodiversity/habitat.
  • Material Wellbeing: Income per capita, income equality, and employment levels.
  • Finances in Retirement: Government debt, old-age dependency, interest rates, inflation, governance, tax pressure, and bank non-performing loans.

Using these 18 metrics, a score from 0.01 to 1 is determined for each country, which is then converted to a percentage. For a more detailed explanation of the report’s methodology, explore Appendix A (page 72) of the report.

The Top 25 Best Countries to Retire in

With an overall score of 81%, Norway comes in at number one as the most retirement-friendly country on the list.

Rank Country Score Health Quality
of Life
Material
Wellbeing
Finances in
Retirement
1 🇳🇴 Norway 81% 91% 87% 79% 69%
2 🇨🇭 Switzerland 80% 90% 86% 69% 74%
3 🇮🇸 Iceland 79% 88% 86% 77% 68%
4 🇮🇪 Ireland 76% 89% 80% 67% 70%
5 🇦🇺 Australia 75% 88% 77% 66% 72%
6 🇳🇿 New Zealand 75% 85% 81% 64% 71%
7 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 75% 91% 81% 72% 59%
8 🇳🇱 Netherlands 75% 89% 80% 78% 56%
9 🇩🇰 Denmark 74% 86% 88% 76% 54%
10 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 73% 76% 68% 84% 64%
11 🇩🇪 Germany 72% 87% 80% 71% 55%
12 🇫🇮 Finland 71% 84% 89% 63% 55%
13 🇸🇪 Sweden 71% 90% 87% 59% 56%
14 🇦🇹 Austria 71% 86% 82% 69% 54%
15 🇨🇦 Canada 71% 87% 74% 58% 67%
16 🇮🇱 Israel 70% 82% 74% 60% 66%
17 🇰🇷 South Korea 70% 80% 59% 68% 73%
18 🇺🇸 United States 69% 85% 72% 56% 67%
19 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 69% 83% 82% 61% 55%
20 🇧🇪 Belgium 69% 85% 74% 70% 51%
21 🇸🇮 Slovenia 69% 82% 69% 77% 51%
22 🇯🇵 Japan 69% 91% 67% 72% 51%
23 🇲🇹 Malta 68% 78% 61% 72% 63%
24 🇫🇷 France 66% 90% 78% 57% 48%
25 🇪🇪 Estonia 66% 68% 68% 60% 68%

Norway is at the top of this year’s ranking for several reasons. For starters, it achieved the highest score in the Health category, largely because of its high average life expectancy, which is 83 years old, or 9 years longer than the global average.

Norway also has the highest score of all the countries for Governance, a category gauged by assessing country corruption levels, political stability, and government effectiveness, and is in a three-way tie with Japan and Luxembourg in the Health category.

Second on the list is another European country, Switzerland, with an overall score of 80%. It’s the highest-ranked country for environmental factors, and it also has the highest overall score in the Finances in Retirement category.

A Regional Breakdown

While European countries dominate the top 10 in the ranking, how does Europe rank as a region as a whole? Before diving in, it’s important to note that the study actually breaks up Europe into two sections: Eastern Europe (grouped with Central Asia) and Western Europe.

Rank Region Overall Score
1 North America 69%
2 Western Europe 66%
3 Eastern Europe and Central Asia 49%
4 Latin America 37%
5 Asia Pacific 32%

And from a regional perspective, North America comes in first place despite the fact no countries in the region made it into the top 10. North America only has two countries included in the ranking: Canada (#15) and the U.S. (#18), which both rank relatively high.

In contrast, Western and Eastern Europe have more countries to account for, which ultimately lowers their regional average.

The Future of Retirement

As longevity rises and the retirement aged population continues to increase worldwide, many countries are opting to change their pension policies in an effort to encourage people to stay in the workforce longer.

For instance, in 2018, people in the UK could claim their State Pension once they turned 65. By 2028, this age requirement will be raised to 67.

However, government intervention may not be necessary, as many people around the world are already staying in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age (perhaps more out of necessity than choice).

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