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Table 5 Minimum early retirement age from 1992 to 2008

From: Bridge jobs in Europe

Country Period Early retirement age
Austria 1992-2001 60
  2002-2004 61
  2005-2008 62
Italy 1992-1995 50 for the private sector and 40 for the public sector (the requirement was 35 and 25 years of contributions respectively and minimum age to start working was 15)
  1996-1997 40 for the public sector, 52 for the private sector, 56 for the self employed
  1998-2000 57 for self employed
54 in 1998 and 55 in 1999 and 2000 for the private sector, 53 in 1998 and 1999 and 54 in 2000 for the public sector
  2001 58 for self-employed
56 for the private sector and 55 for the public sector
  2002-2007 58 for self-employed
57 for the private sector
55 in 2002, 56 in 2003 and 57 in 2004 in the public sector
  2008 60
The Netherlands 1992-1994 60
  1995-2008 62
Spain 1992-1993 60
  1994-2008 62
Sweden 1992-1997 60
  1998-2008 61
Switzerland 1992-2006 62
  2007-2008 63
  1. Sources: Angelini, Brugiavini, and Weber (2009); OECD (2011); Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti.