The man who carried out the Swedish reform of pushing back the pivotal retirement age to 65 20 years ago advises Emmanuel Macron to adopt a “French reform”.
Sweden is one of the pioneers in pension reform. Twenty years ago, the pivotal age was pushed back to 65, long before France took a closer interest in it. The man behind this reform is called Karl Gustaf-Scherman and he invites Emmanuel Macron “not to copy the same model”.
Asked by BFMTV, the former director of Swedish Social Security explained that “many people who could work until they are 65 don’t do it, because they think it’s enough”.
Scandinavian models cited as examples
Yet cited by many defenders of the reform project in France, the Swedish example is decried in the country. Many Swedes consider it painful and the funded system – combined with inflation – has contributed to the further impoverishment of the country’s pensioners.
According to a study by the Swedish pension fund, 72% of retired men and 92% of retired women experienced a drop in their purchasing power and their pension.
Another Scandinavian country is closely followed by the rest of Europe: Denmark. “I love my job and so far so good,” a 72-year-old Danish hairdresser who has worked at the same salon for more than 50 years told BFMTV. stay on your feet all the time” and says that he exercises regularly “to keep in shape”.
Denmark is a champion when it comes to working older people: the retirement age has been raised to 67 and is expected to reach 70 by 2040.