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 lists 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 36 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. Check out International Living‘s Annual Global Retirement Index here.

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 places profiled here, the foods you find at the markets are always fresh, local, and organic; 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 here.

Bonus: Four Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World

health care overseas

One of the main concerns of any person looking to retire overseas is the quality of healthcare. Is it possible to get medical treatment as good as what’s available in the U.S. and Canada? The answer…a resounding yes. Sometimes it’s even better than what’s on offer at home, and at a more affordable price too.

Measuring the quality of healthcare is difficult, and it’s hard to put a number on it. We can, however, put a number on the price of medical procedures. And these costs (as well as quality) helped us score each of the 24 countries in the healthcare category of International Living’s 2017 Global Retirement Index.

Read here to learn more about the top five countries in the world for healthcare.

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 Europe, Asia, or Latin America. Like clean air and mountain scenery? Your best climate might be up in the peaks of Ecuador, or in cultural Spain. 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 here.

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.

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.

Find out more about real estate around the world here.

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 any time, and gives you the funds to make your overseas dream real. Find a Way to Earn Money Overseas here.

The Top Three Retirement Havens With the Lowest Cost of Living

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 best retirement havens in the world–where your dollar will stretch further…in places where you’d actually want to live, here.

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