A beautiful view of a small harbor and snow-capped mountains near the village of Mestervik in northern Norway.
Norway has been named the world’s best country to grow old by the Global AgeWatch Index in a ranking of 198 nations.
The Scandinavian country of roughly 5 million scored high marks in four categories: income security, health status, enabling environments, and capability.
Here are 12 reasons why you might consider moving to Norway — and going gray there.
1. Everyone over 67 years old receives a monthly state pension of $1,012.
2. In fact, Norway spends nearly 5% of its GDP on cash transfers to older people.
3. Norway has a life expectancy of 84, and people normally hit age 77 without major health complications, according to the report.
4. Norwegians are committed to work: seven out of 10 people between ages 55 and 64 still have a full-time job, the second highest behind Sweden.
5. 99.4% of Norwegians over 60 have a secondary or higher education. Also, university in Norway is completely FREE.
6. A university education is not the only thing that is free. You don’t have to pay for museum entry, either. That means you can see Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream,” at the Munch Museum in Oslo as many times as you like.
The Scream, munchWikimedia Commons
7. A well-managed childcare system means that parents can quickly go back to work and grandpas and grandmas are not expected to look after the youngsters, according to Norway’s Research Council.
8. Since around 20% of the population is over 60, Norway has tons of programs and promotions for older citizens.
old peopleFlickr/sima dimitric
9. For example, people over 67 pay half price on public transportation, including the national railway and ferry service.
10. In Norway, you don’t have worry about sitting in traffic — fewer than 50% of Norwegians own a car, according to the The World Bank.
11. In a 2013 World Health Organization survey, researchers reported that less than 30% of Norwegians over 70 “felt alone, sad, or depressed in the last thirty days.”
12. Maybe that’s because older people have a strong support network. According to the Index, 89% of people over age 50 have “relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.”
Source: Business Insider