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Global rankings table

Table showing Global AgeWatch Index rankings.

For a detailed breakdown of each country's Global AgeWatch Index ranking, choose a country report card from the list below:

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  • Ibrahim (10th January 2014)

    Hi Helpage International
    Thank you for updating me from now and then. Reference the global age ranking table , I can see that only few countries are presented. and of these few countries only very few of the African and Arab countries are shown. In both cases, is reason for the lack of data can be attributted to the less concern of the world, the UN or the countries themselves ?

  • Lee (2nd November 2013)

    May I know why Malaysia doesn't have ranking?

  • Global AgeWatch team (29th October 2013)

    Dear Lin,

    thank you for your interest in HelpAge International.

    The data for the Index is taken from international datasets. Introduction of countries into the Index is restricted by internal priorities and capacity of International institutions that provide these data.

    For example, the data for the Income Security domain is provided by the World Bank. These data are missing for Taiwan.

    WHO has not published data for life expectancy at 60 for Taiwan.

    If you are aware of any statistics that can fill in these data gaps please, let us know as we can then potentially include Taiwan in the next iteration of the index.

    with best wishes,
    Global AgeWatch team

  • Ines Elvira Aparicio (23rd October 2013)

    MEncuentro de gran utilidad la creación de AgeWatch Indice Global porque nos ayuda a tener una mejor comprensión de los retos con la tercera edad, en los países desarrollados y en los paises emergentes

  • Concepcion Arroyo (15th October 2013)

    Desde hace 7 años trabajo el tema de envejecimiento en la Universidad, en Durango, México, y me interesa tener información actual sobre el tema

  • Lin (15th October 2013)

    Why there is no ranking for Taiwan? There are 23 million people living in this country. Why is it be neglected? UN is for all peoples living in Earth, isn't it? Please include people in Taiwan, they are no different from you and me.

  • Vanessa (6th October 2013)

    The markers they are using to measure this does not work for some countries. As a citizen of the USA, I'm shocked this country placed 8. I was looking for it in the 30s and 40s.

    "23.6% of people over 60 live in relative poverty."

    In my opinion, this alone should disqualify a country for being in the top 50.

    "The US ranks 2 in the employment and education domain. Indeed, 60.3% of the population aged 55-64 have access to the labour market and are employed."

    Many people 55-64 are employed, as are many above 64, because WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RETIRE. We also do not have a universal healthcare system, so people must spend portions of their income on healthcare that is unheard of in other nations-- or we go bankrupt-- most people who go bankrupt do so because of medical bills. And the jobs most Americans have access to, regardless of age, are very low-paid now, not wages you can live on comfortably. As for education, in the US, we must take out loans we cannot afford to pay for higher education. Most people I know aged 30, 40, 50, are still paying them off.

    This study really should have looked at debt, not just income or access to employment.

  • Vanessa (6th October 2013)

    The markers they are using to measure this does not work for some countries. As a citizen of the USA, I'm shocked this country placed 8. I was looking for it in the 30s and 40s.

    "23.6% of people over 60 live in relative poverty."

    In my opinion, this alone should disqualify a country for being in the top 50.

    "The US ranks 2 in the employment and education domain. Indeed, 60.3% of the population aged 55-64 have access to the labour market and are employed."

    Many people 55-64 are employed, as are many above 64, because WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RETIRE. We also do not have a universal healthcare system, so people must spend portions of their income on healthcare that is unheard of in other nations-- or we go bankrupt-- most people who go bankrupt do so because of medical bills. And the jobs most Americans have access to, regardless of age, are very low-paid now, not wages you can live on comfortably. As for education, in the US, we must take out loans we cannot afford to pay for higher education. Most people I know aged 30, 40, 50, are still paying them off.

    This study really should have looked at debt, not just income or access to employment.

  • jorge nieves (4th October 2013)

    where is puerto rico on the list?

  • Lee Bamsey (4th October 2013)

    Australia was considered the "lucky country" but not anymore for many older people....health and age care deterioated, less police to keep people safe, higher prices, especially utilities, and higher private sector rents, and serious lack of affordable social housing for elderly. The weather, though, is probably still an advantage as long as we have enough water!

  • noname (4th October 2013)

    @Bernard Craiu

    This is not in terms of advance economies but rather in terms of how their older populations are faring i.e. benefits they are receiving.

    You won't see old people working in fast food unlike other countries you mentioned.

  • Richard (3rd October 2013)

    To "Bernard Craiu":

    Tai Wai and Hong Kong are not countries, they are part of China officially. But surprisingly Malaysia and Singapore are not in the list.

  • Franz W.Winterberg (2nd October 2013)

    Unmittelbar scheinen die Ergebnisse von einigen Ländern etwas fragwürdig.

  • Bernard Craiu (2nd October 2013)

    Hi Global AgeWatch Index 2013

    I would like to find out why Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan were excluded from the Global rankings table.

    They are advanced economies and should have been included in the rankings.

    There is very limited information available under the "Country Report Card" section for the 3 abovementioned economies. Taiwan is not even listed!

    Thank you.

  • Kim Vennevold (1st October 2013)

    Another list and another top result.. Well. Starting to wonder what if Sweden had the biggest influence on the world like USA?

    Sweden are so good and do so well in so many thing and ways and probably the most succesfull due to it's size. Rich, top nation i some of the biggest sports, very environmental, great public school system, great health care, great research & science, great music industry, big car manufactories, world wide industry and some of got the biggest companies like IKEA.. I can go on all day. A small country but sure not "unknown" so to speak. Quite impressive.

    GO SWEDEN! I salute you.