It’s official. OK, it’s not official, but it’s at least scientific, somewhat: Sweden is the best place in the world for older people to live. That verdict comes from the Center for Research on Aging at the University of Southampton and HelpAge International, who together compared the experiences of older people from 91 countries. The result is the Global AgeWatch Index 2013, a ranking of all countries studied, based on those countries’ policies that influence the income, health, personal capabilities, and an enabling social environment of older citizens. A University of Southhamptom news release reports that Sweden tops the list, and is followed closely by Norway. The United States is ranked 8th, and Afghanistan is the worst place for older people, if not all people.