The index has been expanded in 2014 to include five new countries; Austria, Finland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.
These additions continue the theme of onsidering a variety of retirement income systems from countries with different economic and political backgrounds. This highlights an important characteristic of the index; to enable comparisons of different systems around the world with a wide range of design features and norms. Although four of the new countries are from Europe, these systems generate quite different scores from each other, particularly when the sustainability sub-index is considered.
We have also added two new questions into the adequacy sub-index to provide greater depth.