Armenia ranks 43rd in 2015 Global AgeWatch Index

Armenia ranks 43rd among 96 countries in the 2015 Global AgeWatch Index developed and constructed by HelpAge International.

The aim of the Index is both to capture the multidimensional nature of the quality of life and wellbeing of older people, and to provide a means by which to measure performance and promote improvements.

The HelpAge International has chosen 13 different indicators for the four key domains of Income security, Health status, Capability, and Enabling environment.

The best 10 countries to grow old are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, United States, and United Kingdom. The worst countries are Mozambique, Malawi and Afghanistan.

Armenia’s neighbors Georgia and Turkey are ranked 29th and 75th respectively. Armenia’s partners in the Eurasian Economic union are placed as follows:  Russia – 65th, Kyrgyzstan – 51st, Belarus – 64th.

Armenia ranks moderately on the Index, at 43 overall. It ranks highest in the capability domain (9). It also ranks high in the income security domain (32) with 100% pension income coverage. It ranks low in the enabling environment domain (73) with the lowest value in its region for the civic freedom indicator (42%). It ranks lowest in the health domain (74), with below average life expectancy at 60 compared to other countries in this region.

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