The 10 Best Places in the World to Retire

Top 10 Places in the World to Retire When you finally get some time off, you’d want to see the world, wouldn’t you? What about retiring in a beautiful coastal town and enjoying exquisite cuisine? If this is something you’ve considered, here is a list of the best places to live and retire in the world.

1. Switzerland

Switzerland has always been one of the best places to live in the world. The country’s strong banking system, universal healthcare, and a mandatory pension system makes it one of the best countries when it comes to retirement security. Residents of Switzerland also enjoy the convenience of its central location in Europe. With France, Germany, Italy, and Austria as neighbors, you can get to most places in Europe within a few hours. According to the Environmental Performance Index, Switzerland ranked as number one among 132 countries in addressing environmental issues in 2014. However, Switzerland is not the country for you if you are looking to reduce costs of living. But if you can afford it, it could be the perfect retirement location.

2. France

Many people dream about retiring in France. The country offers a blend of old-world atmosphere and modern-day convenience. You might think that retiring in France would be expensive, but there are affordable regions that are just as nice as Paris. For instance, costal town Bordeaux offers a lower cost of living and is known as “Little Paris.” It also has a large English-speaking community of expats.

3. Spain

If you want to enjoy sunshine on the beach in Europe, but don’t want to pay too much, Spain is the retirement destination for you. The country has some of Europe’s finest beaches, and has a combination of Europe’s rich history and first-world conveniences.


A couple can live comfortably in the country for $2,600 a month, including rent. Spain’s low cost of living makes it of much better value compared to many other European countries.

4. Norway

In many people’s views, Norway is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you love nature and wilderness, it’s a good place to live. Moreover, Norwegians are known for their healthy lifestyles. The country also has a universal healthcare system that makes it attractive to retirees.

5. Canada

Instead of going to another continent, keep in mind that we have a huge neighbor in the north—Canada. The country has a universal healthcare system and a focus on quality of life. As the Canadian dollar plunges to ten-year lows against the greenback, retiring in Canada looks like a viable option.

6. Australia

For Americans, Australia looks like the perfect retirement location. The country has a very nice climate to allow for sunbathing on the beach all day long. Moreover, there is no language barrier, and overall it has a nice and relaxing vibe.

7. New Zealand

New Zealand has a beautiful landscape and a laid back atmosphere that is perfectly suited for retirees. New Zealanders are known for their healthy, outdoor lifestyle. Moreover, the country has a reasonable cost of living. And for wine lovers, New Zealand offers its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region.

8. Malta

Sitting at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a favorite retirement destination among Europeans. Due to its British colonial history, the locals speak fluent English. Although Malta has a rather small footprint on the world map, there’s plenty to do, including golfing, enjoying Mediterranean cuisine, or visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

9. Thailand

If you love beautiful weather, pristine beaches, exotic cuisines, and new cultural experiences, but don’t want a hefty price tag, Thailand is the place for you. The country is a popular destination among Western retirees. It has one of the lowest costs of living in the world and offers affordable healthcare.

10. Ecuador

If you wonder what low cost of living in a beautiful coastal country is really like, take a note of this: in Ecuador, a doctor’s visit costs $10.00, a main course in a restaurant costs $2.50, and a couple can live comfortably on $1,400 a month, including rent! You’ll also find good internet connection and convenient public transit in most big cities. Moreover, there are direct flights from the U.S. to Quito and Guayaquil.