Top 10 habitable countries for people who are 60 and above

Ready to figure out which countries you should consider relocating to or just visiting more often as you start to get older? Keep reading and you'll find out!

When we consider how tough life on Earth can be for many, it seems befitting to save the best for the autumn of life...

The population of people over 60 across the globe is on the rise with the recent increase in life expectancy for most countries. In fact, research has shown that the population of geriatrics is expected to hit 2.1 billion in 2050, a whopping figure if one considers its recent number of 901 million people.

In a bid to ease the burdens that come with living as one starts to clock 60 years and above, the Global AgeWatch Index has assessed 96 countries and provided a list of the best countries to live in for persons who are 60 and above.

There you have it, the best countries for elderly people to live in.

What do you think of these countries? Which of them will you love to live in? Tell us in the comment section below!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Carrol Halliwell
Australia should rank higher than America and yet it isn't even mentioned. Free health care for one thing and government subsidised medication for pensioners. I was surprised Australia wasn't on the list.
Feb 2, 2021 5:31PM
Pat Roberts
Please take the UK out of this list? The pension is the worst in Europe. I worked for 45 years and my state pension is £107. When I questioned this they said it was because I worked part time for 5 years when my children were babies! All my friends are very much the same, even the top state pension based on stamps paid in through your wages is only £140 a week! Pension poverty is rife in the UK! Ask “Age Concern” a charity for poor pensioners!
Feb 2, 2021 5:26PM
Pierre Poirier
In the USA, life is good for seniors... if you are rich
Feb 2, 2021 11:40PM
Jennifer Dyster
I am a bit suspicious about the inclusion of the USA because of the underclass. I am sure its wonderful for people who are well off! I think NZ and Australia would be better than the USA or the UK
Feb 5, 2021 2:57AM
Peter Beard
How can the US get in the top 50, let alone 10, with their abysmal health care system, or lack of, that they have. Australia and NZ should be miles in front of the USA and the UK.
Mar 18, 2021 2:55AM
peter crowhen
New Zealand should be in this list, certainly above USA. In Australia, unless you have citizenship, you are treated like a second class citizen, even if you have permanent residential qualifications . Scandinavian countries are well known for looking after their older people
Feb 2, 2021 6:29PM
I'm surprised that Australia didn't get a mention.
Jul 17, 2021 5:40AM
Being Canadian I'm thankful for our health care system which I know for certain is miles ahead of the USA At least I won't go bankrupt if I need surgery and a long hospital stay
Nov 16, 2021 4:41PM
I have lived in four of these countries and agree with your top ten. However you could have made it top twelve and include Denmark and Finland.
Feb 2, 2021 5:23PM
David Colloby
The UK at No 10 is rubbish as it stands at 28/11/2023 the basic pension per week is £245 less 20% tax =£196 The basic weekly wage at £11/hour 5days/week =£440. Thus a pensioner on the basic pension is in utter povery.
Nov 28, 2023 1:30AM
Paul Eric Martin
Australia and New Zealand should have made the list - friendly people and good services on health
Oct 18, 2023 4:25PM
john duckett
Very hard to find any studies where the USA gets ranked in the top 20. The rest are hardly surprising although there are some notable exceptions.
Jul 21, 2022 6:42PM
bina sarmah
If you have tons of money , any place is good to grow older.
Jul 13, 2022 6:18PM
Susan Madanat
Pat Roberts, plus we get taxed on our pensions - tax on money that has already been taxed!
May 26, 2022 10:28PM
Michael Taylor
bonniecardona, hopefully you won't die before you can be scheduled for surgery. Enjoy.
Apr 15, 2022 5:00PM
Michael Taylor
Jane Scea, We are very pleased that you don't live here. Very grateful actually.
Apr 15, 2022 4:59PM
Michael Taylor
Doris Dallaire, we are also very grateful that you don't live here.
Apr 15, 2022 4:56PM
Lynda Wild
Carrol Halliwell, Me too.
Apr 3, 2022 10:08PM
Doris Dallaire
Suprised that the US made it on that list. I supposed if you are well off financially it’s o.k. But I would never want to live there - you couldn’t pay me enough to move there!
Mar 2, 2022 4:23PM
Marguerite LaHaye
True. But a lot of us who live outside major unban areas are unable to find family doctors. It infuriates me that foreign trained medical doctors face so many barriers to practising in Canada.
Nov 20, 2021 4:32PM
Roy Mead
The UK has a terrible pension rates and many live in poverty and health care is terrible. Switzerland is an expensive country to live in and many of the elderly find it hard to manage on their pension
Jul 9, 2021 7:12PM
Barry Crews
Sweden does rate a mention, but they have a lot of angst from unassimilating moslems that are making life hard for the government.
Apr 5, 2021 2:26AM


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