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I'm starting to think about getting around to informing myself about this question, as I would like to have my early working years in New Zealand credited to my French retirement (in case I should wish to stop working before age 68).

What I hear is that it's quite feasible, as long as I can dream up some pay slips or something. It's a matter of bilateral agreements. Is France unusually good in this respect? Why would the Scandies, in particular, be so lousy on this question?

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by eurogreen on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 07:01:03 AM EST
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I took my Finnish pension a couple of years ago at 65, but continue to run my company - though with far less pressure to find new business. I take a small salary to cover the company benefits I still receive.

When I talked to my pension fund about 'retiring' they were very helpful, and also indicated at what levels I could still receive personal income (royalties, voiceovers etc) without getting tax penalised. They also asked if I'd had a pension scheme in England. All I could recall was that there were some irregular payments - I was working as a freelance director-cameraman during the period. I didn't think those payments would be significant.

My pension provider did all the legwork, found my pension in England and I now get an additional monthly sum.

I have nothing but praise for the service that was provided.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 07:27:14 AM EST
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I'd bet part of the problem for smaller countries is that the odds of a bilateral agreement being signed would increase with the sizes of the countries - France-Germany being much better in that respect than, say, Finland - Malta ?

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 08:00:24 AM EST
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