World Rankings: The Best Places to Live

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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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Our Annual Global Retirement Index


Best Places to Retire IndexWhat’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.


International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index

The 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.


Discover the World’s Healthiest Places to Live in 2014

Bonus: The Seven Best Havens for Quality Care Overseas


health care overseasFor 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.


The Best Climates in the World


loja-castleOne 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 the Best Places To Retire Overseas And Escape To A Better 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 Best Climates in the World

The World’s Best Real Estate Markets


Real Estate in FranceLooking for help finding international real estate? International Living has more than 30 years of on-the-ground experience in the countries that we think are the best spots under the sun for retiring, investing, and buying global real estate 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. We can help you find the best investment real estate, a second home in the sun or your dream property to live in overseas.

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.


Find Out More About Real Estate Overseas

Need a Way to Fund Your Life Overseas?


cheapest places to retire If you’d like to learn more about flexible, work-anywhere ways you can pay for your life overseas, sign up for Fund Your Life Overseas, a free e-letter from International Living.

Join our Fund Your Life Overseas e-letter today, and you’ll hear from us five times a week, telling you about ways to earn income that lets you live anywhere, travel anytime… and give you the funds to make your overseas dream real.


Find a Way to Earn Money Overseas

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 about the cheapest countries in the world–where your dollar will stretch further…in places where you’d actually want to live.


Here’s where you can find the Cheapest Places to Live


Look Through Articles in Our “Best For” Section


The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2014

The Best Places to Retire Overseas for Affordable and Efficient Health Care

Best Places to Retire Overseas Where it’s Easy to Integrate

Best Places to Retire Overseas For Families

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas to Buy Real Estate

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas For a Low Cost of Living

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Slash Your Cost of Living



Check Out All Our Best Places to Retire Articles


The World in Numbers


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Four Benefits of Living in Belize

The Six Best Hospitals in Mexico

Five Ways to Cut Your Cost of Living in Costa Rica


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