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Challenges of an ageing population – retirement age and the welfare model

Authors Eva-Maria Svensson
Sara Stendahl
Thomas Erhag
Pernilla Rendahl
Otto Swedrup
Published in The 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2-4 May, 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Law
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Language en
Keywords Nordic welfare system, ageing population, retirement age, tax base
Subject categories Law


An ageing population is repeatedly perceived as a major challenge for, and even as a threat against, the Nordic welfare model. Increasing demands on welfare services due to an ageing population, at the same time as a decreasing productivity growth, have led to a demand for a prolonged working life. The broader context, e.g. the discourse on ‘successful ageing’, the lack of interest for alternative ways to increase the revenues such as a changed tax base, and a challenge of the welfare model, is not sufficiently explored. Aim To provide an argumentative basis for a discussion on the presumptions of the perceived conflict between ageing and the welfare system, and, whether it is possible, and if so, how, to legally safeguard a sustainable welfare model based on inclusion and social security. Method

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