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World Rankings: The Best Places to Live

Where can you find the best quality of life in the world…the best places to live…the best climate…the healthiest places to live…the cheapest? Which countries make it into the top 25 as the perfect destinations for your retirement…and why? Every year, International Living ranks and rates countries of the world to find out which countries rate the best in all these categories…and many more besides.  See below for our indexes.

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Quality of Life
Annual Global Retirement Index
The World’s Healthiest Places to Live
The Best Climates in the World
The World’s Best Real Estate Markets in 2012
Best Place to Start Your Own Business
The Cheapest Countries in the World
Best Travel

World RankingsThe World’s Best Quality of Life

Every January in International Living’s monthly magazine, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

To produce this annual Index we consider nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. This involves a lot of number crunching from “official” sources, including government websites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. We also take into account what our editors from all over the world have to say about our findings. Click on the links below to find out our rankings for the last three years of our annual Quality of Life Index.

Annual Quality of Life Index 2011

Annual Quality of Life Index 2010

Annual Quality of Life Index 2009

World RankingsBest Retirement Havens

What’s there to love about life overseas? Even more than you may imagine… For more than 30 years, International Living has been publishing information on retiring overseas.

We have on-the-ground experience in the countries that we think are the best places to live for retiring and reinventing yourself right now. We’ve done the research…you’ve done the dreaming. With IL correspondents around the globe, we’ll help you make those dreams a reality. That’s why, every year in the IL magazine, we cover the best countries in the world to retire to. See below for the last seven year’s of rankings.

Annual Retirement Index 2014

Annual Retirement Index 2013

Annual Retirement Index 2012

Annual Retirement Index 2011

Annual Retirement Index 2010

Annual Retirement Index 2009

Annual Retirement Index 2008

World RankingsThe Healthiest Places to Live

Optimism and purpose, a low stress level, a natural diet and an active lifestyle…experts say those factors are three times as important as your genetic makeup when it comes to enjoying a long and healthy life. Luckily, it’s easy to embrace those elements when you’re living in a place where they come naturally. And they do in our top picks for the world’s healthiest places to live.

In these enclaves, people tend to put great value on personal interaction and friendship—and that involvement keeps you engaged every day. A slower pace—often coupled with a much lower cost of living—relieves the pressure and anxiety that so often takes grip at home. In the U. S., the “locavore” movement—which advocates eating foods grown near where you live—is just gaining momentum. But in the places profiled here, the foods you find at the markets are always fresh, local and organic. In these destinations, the air is clean and the sun shines—so you tend to be outside more and therefore more active. Find out more here.

Health Care Survey: The Seven Best Havens for Quality Care Overseas

For our 2013 Health Care Survey, we asked our experts to reveal what’s on offer in seven of the world’s best havens today. When it comes to our health, we’ll pay what it takes to get the outcome we want. But in these seven destinations, that amount needn’t break the bank. In fact, costs are so low in some places that expats simply pay out of pocket—without compromising on quality. In others, expats mix and match public and private systems to get the best bang for their buck. Read the full article here.

World RankingsThe Best Climates in the World

One of the best things about moving overseas is that you can choose a country where the climate is better than your own. Escape harsh winters and gloomy rainy days and move to a place where the weather is better.

Are you after surf and sun? Your best climate could be waiting in Mexico, Belize, or Spain. Like clean air and mountain scenery? Your best climate might be up in the peaks of Ecuador, Argentina, or Italy. The world is a big place with lots of places to choose. In fact, choosing the best climate from all the possible destinations in the world could be an overwhelming task. That’s where we’d like to help.

Find out more here about the top 10 countries in the world for climate.

Click here to find out about the two best climates on earth, according to International Living’s 2011 Annual Quality of Life index.

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets in 2012

In International Living’s first Global Real Estate Index, you’ll find listed the 27 places in the world today that boast the most attractive, and potentially lucrative, real estate opportunities. Find out more here.

The Best Places to Start Your Own Business
Interested in funding your new life overseas by starting your own business? See here for IL’s 7 top picks for the year ahead.

The Cheapest Countries in the World

While you shouldn’t move overseas solely because a country is a cheap place to live, in today’s current economic climate, cost of living is a major factor. Find out more here about the cheapest countries in the world–where your dollar will stretch further…in places where you’d actually want to live.

Read here about The Cheapest Places to Retire: Five Towns Where You Can Live Better For Less.

The Top “Tens” in Travel

Ten of the World’s Best Safari Locales

Top Ten Off-the-Radar Wine Regions

The Top Ten Colonial Cities in Mexico

Ten Hidden Gems Off the Tourist Trail

The Top 10 Beach and Sun Destinations in the World

The 10 Happiest Countries in the Americas

The 10 Oldest Restaurants in the World

The Top 10 Travel Apps

Top 10 Travel Inspiring Movies

Ten of the Best University Towns in Latin America

Ten Cities Where You Can Eat Well

Seven Great Road Trips

Find Out Where Your Perfect Haven Is

Want to learn more? Take our 45-second quiz to find out where your ideal overseas haven is

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