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A growing number of retirees seeking pleasant weather and wishing to lower their everyday cost of living decide to spend their golden years abroad. But choosing the best country for retiring abroad might seem tricky. According to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2015, many Central and South American countries are very attractive retirement destinations.

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Top 10 retirement destinations

The survey compares 25 countries, all retirement hot-spots, using 8 different criteria. While Panama was the top retirement destination in the 2014 rankings, Ecuador is considered as the best place to retire in 2015. 

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

Among the other countries featured in the Index, one can mention: New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Ireland and Chile.

What criteria are important when choosing a retirement destination?

Wondering how to choose the country in which to spend your retirement years? In the survey, each country receives an overall score: 8 different criteria are used to calculate this score. For instance: Ecuador scored 100 for real estate and climate but only 82 for health care. Select your retirement destination depending on what is important for you

  • Here are the criteria which were used to rank the countries:
  • buying & renting,
  • benefits & discounts,
  • cost of living,
  • fitting in,
  • entertainment and amenities,
  • health care,
  • infrastructure,
  • climate.

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