Spain Is Where Citizens Are Most Prepared For Retirement

 

A new study by Audley Villages reveals the city in which people are most prepared for retirement. By looking into a variety of metrics, including retirement age, government pension initiatives and health grade of the 37 OECD countries and capital cities, the luxury retirement village developer reveals how retirement planning varies around the world.

 

 

Coming in first place, people living in Spain will enjoy the second longest retirement of 22 years on average. Spain has one of the youngest retirement ages at 61 years, yet a long life expectancy of nearly 84 years on average. The country is also in the top 10 when it comes to pensions, with the average pension being 83.4% of a person’s pre-retirement earnings. Spain also boasts the highest health grade – a metric that looks into health risks, availability of clean water, malnutrition and causes of death – meaning retirees are assured they will be looked after as they grow older.

Greece, in second place, has the second lowest retirement age at 60, meaning those planning to retire can expect nearly 22 years of retirement living. The country doesn’t score very well when it comes to financial aid however, with a lower pension offering than many other countries at just 51.1% of pre-retirement earning. A low cost of living and the highest number of GP’s per 1,000 population helps the country take the second place.

Third placed Austria also boasts the fourth highest pension offering, at 89.9% of an individual’s pre-retirement earnings. With the average retirement being nearly 20 years long, Austrians are well prepared when it comes to saying farewell to their working days.

Country Overall Ranking Average Retirement Age Average Life Expectancy Pension % of pre-retirement earnings Average annual investment rates of return of retirement savings plans Health Grade Number of doctors per 1,000 population
Spain 1 61.7 84.0 83.4 2.6 92.75 4.02
Greece 2 60.8 82.8 51.1 5.1 82.29 6.3
Austria 3 62.1 82.0 89.9 3.4 86.3 5.24
Italy 4 62.4 84.0 91.8 2.3 91.59 4.02
Luxembourg 5 60.9 82.8 90.1 2.5 87.39 2.98
Netherlands 6 63.8 82.8 80.2 6.3 85.86 3.61
Belgium 7 61.0 82.2 66.2 5.1 80.46 3.13
Norway 8 65.1 82.9 51.6 5.4 89.09 4.93
France 9 60.8 83.1 73.6 N/A 86.94 3.37
Portugal 10 66.9 82.6 89.6 3 83.1 5.12
Slovenia 11 61.6 81.8 57.5 4.2 82.72 3.18
Finland 12 63.8 82.5 64.2 5.4 85.89 3.81
Australia 13 64.8 83.9 41 7.7 89.75 3.75
Germany 14 63.8 81.9 51.9 3.5 83.06 4.31
Canada 15 64.7 82.7 50.7 6.5 85.7 2.8
Iceland 16 67 83.5 69.8 7.5 91.44 3.93
Denmark 17 63.8 81.4 70.9 4.7 82.69 4.19
Ireland 18 64.8 82.8 35.9 6.5 84.06 3.34
Czech Republic 19 62.2 79.8 60.3 0.9 77.59 4.04
Hungary 20 61.7 77.3 84.3 5.1 64.43 3.38
Sweden 21 65.9 83.3 53.4 N/A 90.24 4.27
Switzerland 22 65.7 84.2 44.3 3.8 90.93 4.34
Turkey 23 65.6 78.4 93.8 10.9 62.81 1.88
Poland 24 61.7 79.3 35.1 1.6 70.25 2.38
United Kingdom 25 64.1 81.8 28.4 N/A 84.28 2.95
Israel 26 67.7 83.5 57.8 5.2 88.15 3.22
Estonia 27 65.6 79.2 53.1 2.9 73.32 3.48
New Zealand 28 68.1 82.8 42.8 N/A 85.06 3.35
United States 29 67.2 79.1 49.4 4 73.02 2.61
Japan 30 69.9 85.0 36.8 N/A 91.38 2.49
Lithuania 31 63.6 76.4 31 3.7 N/A 4.6
Chile 32 68.3 80.7 37.3 6.9 73.21 2.59
Mexico 33 68.9 75.4 28.6 5 62.09 2.44
Latvia 34 65.2 75.7 54.3 2.4 N/A 3.3
South Korea 35 N/A 83.5 43.4 N/A 85.41 2.39
Colombia 36 65.9 77.9 N/A 8 N/A 2.18
Slovakia 37 N/A 78 65.1 N/A N/A 3.52

 

Vienna Is The City Second Most Prepared For Retirement

Madrid takes the crown as the city in which retirees are most prepared for their retirement. Despite Greece beating Austria in the overall countries ranking, Vienna beats Athens to second place when looking at city specific metrics. Cheaper property prices and a better savings regime helps boost Vienna into second place behind Madrid.

Bratislava, Slovakia comes in bottom place with one of the lowest life expectancies at 78 years. It also has one of the smallest retirement communities with just 40,677 people over the age of 65.

Despite having the largest population of over 65’s, at 2,929,678, Mexico City can be found at the bottom end of the table and has been named as the 35th city most prepared for retirement. It has the second highest retirement age of 68 and the third lowest average annual salary ($7,368.23). Even the high percentage of disposable income put into savings (14.69%) cannot increase Mexico City’s position.

City Country Ranking Number of citizens 65+ Average Length of Retirement % of household disposable income put into savings Property Price per square metre ($) Three Course meal for two people ($)  Fitness Club monthly fee for 2 adults ($)
Madrid Spain 1 339,583 22.29 2.01 6,130.99 59.53 95.24
Vienna Austria 2 156,168 19.9 8.23 9,065.23 59.29 65.26
Athens Greece 3 160,981 21.95 -11.55 1,944.44 47.43 62.54
Rome Italy 4 192,566 21.61 2.55 8,191.94 71.04 148.86
Luxembourg City Luxembourg 5 8,515 21.89 15.99 12,976.65 83 113.61
Amsterdam Netherlands 6 138,455 18.93 10.01 8,830.78 88.93 98.38
Brussels Belgium 7 139,992 21.12 6.24 4,091.90 71.14 76.66
Lisbon Portugal 8 135,289 15.7 -2.19 5,248.27 41.5 76.04
Paris France 9 112,067 22.33 9.11 15,301.15 71.14 88.7
Oslo Norway 10 81,210 17.84 6.52 10,177.01 105.67 101.72
Sydney Australia 11 326,896 19.14 10.26 10,577.43 77.38 126.53
Ljubljana Slovenia 12 27,128 20.25 6 4,409.18 47.43 101.38
Helsinki Finland 13 67,734 18.63 0.39 9,661.44 85.38 94.86
Berlin Germany 14 239,062 18.08 10.87 7,386.94 59.53 74.37
Copenhagen Denmark 15 39,706 17.6 3.68 7,695.73 107.63 89.36
Reykjavik Iceland 16 7,667 16.52 N/A 4,703.49 120.92 113.1
Toronto Canada 17 409,098 17.94 1.24 9,166.05 71.16 88.5
Budapest Hungary 18 148,903 15.61 6.32 3,354.82 38.98 84.24
Prague Czech Republic 19 110,802 17.6 7.63 6,231.55 36.27 85.6
Dublin Ireland 20 138,495 17.96 7.51 6,565.00 81.82 94.88
Stockholm Sweden 21 115,407 17.43 16.02 11,452.07 93.35 105.8
Bern Switzerland 22 22,104 18.55 16.17 8,460.31 106.88 184.06
Ankara Turkey 23 605,003 12.85 N/A 742.19 15.64 44.19
Jerusalem Israel 24 77,250 15.79 N/A 9,502.01 89.91 182.59
Tallinn Estonia 25 22,010 13.58 9.6 3,314.64 59.29 111.63
Warsaw Poland 26 176,714 17.57 1.43 4,195.38 38.69 62.25
London United Kingdom 27 654,464 17.62 0.74 15,276.81 63.25 70.2
Wellington New Zealand 28 13,444 14.7 -0.32 5,297.39 64.13 76.81
Tokyo Japan 29 1,293,979 15.08 4.29 11,677.39 45.81 176.65
Santiago Chile 30 630,405 12.39 9.61 2,701.18 47.54 76.69
Vilnius Lithuania 31 35,014 12.76 0.62 3,356.41 47.43 69.32
Washington United States 32 569,697 11.91 7.96 7,099.65 80.03 159.67
Bogota Colombia 33 797,941 11.98 8.16 1,840.99 21.99 49.38
Seoul South Korea 34 1,587,366 N/A 7.07 19,087.65 43.82 110.97
Mexico City Mexico 35 2,929,678 6.51 14.69 2,293.09 36.11 96.56
Riga Latvia 36 46,630 10.53 -3.04 2,418.02 47.62 87.49
Bratislava Slovakia 37 40,677 N/A 4.55 4,382.71 41.5 66.56

 

Individuals Are Most Financially Prepared For Retirement In Luxembourg

To rank how financially prepared individuals are in specific countries and cities, we looked at a number of metrics. These include average yearly income, personal pension in comparison to their pre-retirement earnings, the average percentage of disposable income put into savings, annual investment rates of return of retirement savings plans and the percentage of individuals who own their own property.

Luxembourg sits in first position and is the country with the third highest average yearly income, at $73,910. Retirees enjoy 90.1% of their pre-retirement earnings as their pension – the third highest of any other country. People who live in Luxembourg are prepared for a long and comfortable retirement with nearly 16% of their yearly income being put into savings.

Hungary, in fourth place, has the highest percentage of citizens who own their own properties, at 91.7%. This means retirees are able to stay in their own home for longer and have the reassurance of using equity for a cash influx if they need it.

Switzerland comes in nineth place despite having the best saving habits out of all OECD countries. An average of 16.17% of all household disposable income is put into savings, meaning Swiss people can plan ahead and be financially comfortable when heading into retirement.

Country Ranking Average yearly income ($) Pension % of pre-retirement earnings % of household disposable income put into savings Average annual investment rates of return of retirement savings plans % of individuals who own their own property
Luxembourg 1 73,910.00 90.1 15.99 2.5 71.2
Norway 2 82,500.00 51.6 6.52 5.4 81.3
Netherlands 3 53,100.00 80.2 10.01 6.3 69
Hungary 4 16,500.00 84.3 6.32 5.1 91.7
Ireland 5 64,000.00 35.9 7.51 6.5 70.3
Belgium 6 48,030.00 66.2 6.24 5.1 72.3
Denmark 7 63,950.00 70.9 3.68 4.7 60.8
Iceland 8 72,850.00 69.8 N/A 7.5 74.1
Switzerland 9 85,500.00 44.3 16.17 3.8 43.4
United States 10 65,850.00 49.4 7.96 4 65.3
Austria 11 51,460.00 89.9 8.23 3.4 55.2
Finland 12 50,010.00 64.2 0.39 5.4 71.1
Italy 13 34,530.00 91.8 2.55 2.3 72.4
Australia 14 55,100.00 41 10.26 7.7 65.5
Canada 15 46,370.00 50.7 1.24 6.5 66.3

 

 

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