World’s top 10 places to retire

International Living has released its list of the top destinations in which to retire for less overseas. Which countries made the cut?

The ranking is calculated by comparing scores in the following eight categories:

  • real estate prices
  • special government benefits
  • cost of living
  • ease of integration into the culture
  • entertainment and amenities
  • health care
  • infrastructure
  • climate

So in which countries does Retirement Living say you should spend your retirement? Here are the top 10:

  1. Panama
  2. Ecuador
  3. Malaysia
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Spain
  6. Colombia
  7. Mexico
  8. Malta
  9. Uruguay
  10. Thailand

Countries which just missed out on the top 10 were Ireland and New Zealand.

And here are International Living’s final scores in each category for the top 24 retirement-friendly countries in the world:

Global Annual Retirement Index



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