Sweden is the happiest country to be old in

  • A new survey has revealed that Sweden is the best country in the world to grow old in, closely followed by Norway and Germany.

    The survey looked at welfare and pensions, transport and community spirit, as well as other factors that give people over the age of 60 the greatest quality of life. Stockholm, Sweden

    Sweden's reliable transport and community spirit as well as generous welfare and pensions combined with other factors were found to give the regions older population the greatest quality of life.

    The UK's ranking suffered due to shortage of buses and trains in rural areas and poor access to employment an education in later life, reports the Telegraph.

    Sir Richard Jolly, the development economist who advised the report, said: "This shows it's not just pensions that count but a lot of other things. Germany does so much better than the UK though it is not that much richer as a country. If Britons have a place to move to when they get older it should be Germany."

    Silvia Stefanoni, chief executive of HelpAge International, which devised the index with the United Nations, said: "The world is rapidly ageing - people over 60 years of age already exceed children under five, and by 2050 they will outnumber children under 15. However the issue of ageing is continually excluded from global and national agendas."

    The survey found that money isn't everything when it comes to the wellbeing of older people. It also presented the fact that spectacular economic growth doesn't necessarily benefit the elderly.

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