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Five EU Member States in World top ten pension systems

A respected international survey on pensions by the Australian Centre for Financial Studies has placed Denmark in first place in the league table of adequate, sustainable and integral provision. The survey uses over forty indicators to score pension systems according to the level of income provided, the likelihood of sustaining this over a long period and, particularly in private schemes, the chances of the system continuing in the future. According to the Centre, Denmark has a ‘First class and robust retirement system that delivers good benefits, is sustainable and has a high level of integrity’. The UK comes ninth, after the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden and has improved its score due to auto-enrolment of employees, says the survey.

Country
Overall Index Value
Adequacy
Sustainability
Integrity
DENMARK
82.4
77.5
86.5
85.5
AUSTRALIA
79.9
81.2
73.0
87.8
NETHERLANDS
79.2
75.3
76.3
89.4
FINLAND
74.3
72.2
64.7
91.1
SWITZERLAND
73.9
71.9
69.7
83.1
SWEDEN
73.4
67.2
74.7
81.6
CANADA
69.1
75.0
58.6
74.3
CHILE
68.2
57.3
68.7
85.0
UK
67.6
69.8
52.4
85.4
SINGAPORE
65.9
56.4
68.5
77.4


Nordic countries come top in health policy league
Researchers in the Netherlands and the U.K. have published a study which compares public policy in health and its outcomes in European countries. Taking ten areas of health policy including tobacco and alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, cancer screening, road safety and air pollution, they devised a scoring system based on 27 indicators. They then examined the reasons for the scores arrived at in relation to factors such as national income, government effectiveness and ethnic diversity. The best performers were the Nordic countries with Sweden coming top while the bottom five were all from eastern Europe, Ukraine coming in last. Not surprisingly national income played a large rôle in determining a nation’s place in the table but also important were how far public attitudes to health had shifted from mere survival to an interest in well-being and quality of life. For instance richer economies provide easier access to fruit and vegetables but also make energy-rich high-fat products more obtainable. Interest among the population in screening for cervical cancer, high blood pressure and immunisation are also crucial. Some countries were found to have poorer health outcomes due to divisions along ethnic, religious or linguistic lines. The researchers estimate that if all the states surveyed had been at the same low level of mortality as Sweden in 2009 approximately 2 million fewer deaths would have occurred in that year.

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