Dutch pension scheme ranked as number one in the world

Dutch pension scheme ranked as number one in the world

The Netherlands has been named as having the world’s best pension scheme, after losing the crown to Iceland in 2022. Thankfully, the Dutch system has regained the top spot, according to the American consulting firm Mercer’s 2023 ranking. 

Mercer Global Pension Index 2023

The ranking compared the pension packages available in 47 countries, focusing on three main areas, each weighted differently:

  • Adequacy (benefits, system design, savings, tax support, home ownership and growth assets)
  • Sustainability (pension coverage, total assets, contributions, demography, government debt and economic growth)
  • Integrity (regulation, governance, protection, communication and operating costs)

The countries are then given an aggregate score out of 100, and countries are then graded on the basis of this score: those countries scoring higher than 80 were awarded an “A” grade, with the other countries scoring down to a minimum of grade E. 

Ranking paid attention to the benefits of using AI for pension plans

The ranking paid special attention to the role of artificial intelligence in calculating pension investments, stating that the increasing prevalence of AI will lead to reduced costs in pension planning, as well as the potential of software to help pension planners make more informed financial decisions relating to investments, market outlook and upcoming risks. 

"The ongoing expansion of AI within the operations and decisions of investment managers could lead to more efficient and better-informed decision-making processes, which could potentially lead to higher real investment returns to pension plan members," said David Knox, senior partner at Mercer, told Euronews

The Netherlands named as best for pensions in 2023

In 2023, the Netherlands returned to the top spot, receiving an “A” grade in all categories, and taking home an overall score of 85. Behind the Netherlands came Iceland, Denmark and Israel.

By contrast, the countries coming in last place have been named as Thailand, Turkey, the Philippines, Argentina and India, with these nations receiving a “D” grade for their pension system. 

Top 10 pension systems in the world 2023

According to Mercer, these are the top 10 countries in the world with the best pension systems:

  • 1. The Netherlands (85)
  • 2. Iceland (83,5)
  • 3. Denmark (81,3)
  • 4. Israel (80,8)
  • 5. Australia (77,3)
  • 6. Finland (76,6)
  • 7. Singapore (76,3)
  • 8. Norway (74,4)
  • 9. Sweden (74)
  • 10. United Kingdom (73)

For more information about the methodology used by the ranking, or to see the rankings in full, visit Mercer’s website.



Emily Proctor

Former Editor at IamExpat Media.

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