The Best Places to Retire in the World: 10 Unexpected Locations (2023)

You might be surprised by some of the best places to retire in the world. A growing number of American retirees are moving to extremely far-flung locations. They find that retiring overseas can be more affordable and more fun than staying in the U.S.

When evaluating life in another country, you’ll want to consider what you are leaving behind here in the United States, but also what you are gaining as an expatriate. Here are 17 of the best places to retire in the world — including some truly unexpected places.

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First, A Note on Coronavirus

Most of the countries on this list have yet to benefit from widespread vaccinations. You may not even be able to visit some of these countries now, let alone move there.

Furthermore, Coronavirus may be putting a burden on otherwise good (and even great) healthcare systems in some of these locations.

Does Retirement Abroad Improve Your Retirement Finances?

There are affordable places to live in all corners of the world and with a wide range of environments.

If moving abroad in your retirement sounds like something you would like to explore, the internet has a vast number of resources to help you.

  1. Get inspired by the lists below.
  2. Do a little more research. Identify the costs for food, housing, and healthcare and make sure that the country welcomes retirees by researching visa and residency requirements. You will also want to explore the availability of healthcare and assess the safety concerns. Banking and taxes are other factors to consider.
  3. Once you have an idea of what life might look like (and cost) in your target destination, plug in the costs of retirement abroad into the NewRetirement Planner to assess the real financial impact of your move.

The Planner gives you fast answers about your retirement finances. Instantly see how your retirement plans and finances could change if you sell your house to move abroad. How much earlier can you retire if you lower your cost of living?

How the Best Places to Retire in the World Are Determined

Different indexes use different ranking criteria. The two most popular rankings come from Live and Invest Overseas and International Living.

Live and Invest Overseas rates the best places to retire in the world on 12 categories: climate, cost of living, English spoken, entertainment, environmental conditions, existing expat community, health care, infrastructure, real estate, residency options, safety, and taxes.

International Living has a more intuitive approach. Their rankings are based on interviews. They say, “Our index is informed by hundreds of opinions and real-life experiences — information — compiled by our trusted sources in the best retirement destinations across the globe.”

So, here are the 7 countries that appear on both lists of best places to retire in the world. We have also listed 10 other affordable and enticing places to go.

Top 7 Countries to Appear on the 2 Top Best Places to Retire Abroad Lists

Europe, South, and Central America and also Asia boast great places to retire.

(Video) Why is Panama the "Best Place in the World to Retire?"

1. Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. It straddles the equator, is extremely mountainous, and sits on the Pacific Ocean — giving the country a wide variety of climates and terrain. Choose the mountains, beach, or a colonial city for your retirement.

Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar as its currency, making retirement planning a little bit easier. It boasts an incredibly affordable cost of living. And, Ecuador’s health care system is among the best in Latin America — even the world. The country ranks high on Bloomberg’s listings.

2. Portugal

Portugal is another country ranked highly by both Live and Invest Overseas and International Living.

Like Ecuador, Portugal offers a variety of terrain. It is famous for a beautiful Atlantic coastline, a thriving wine region, and vibrant European cities.

Property is affordable as is the overall cost of living. It is estimated that you can comfortably get by on $2,500 in larger cities and on significantly less in smaller towns or villages.

Learn about retirement in Portugal at

3. Mexico

Some people hear Mexico and think of corruption, drugs, and illegal immigration to the United States.

Other people think white sand beaches, clear warm water, jungle breezes, icy margaritas, and a fantastic place to retire.

The indexes seem to agree with the latter as they rank numerous cities in Mexico as excellent places to retire. Playa del Carmen, Mexico is one such city. The number of foreigners living in Playa del Carmen is extremely high, making up about 7% of its total population, the report found. Even more, about 65% of real estate buyers are American.

If you’re looking to invest, Playa del Carmen may also be attractive with 12% annual appreciation and rental yields between 5% and 10%, according to Live and Invest Overseas. Property taxes are also an extremely affordable, 0.1% per year.

Learn more from Escape Artist or Mexperience.

4. Panama

Panama is another Central American destination that is super popular with American retirees. It offers a range of lifestyle options. However, Investopedia estimates that a realistic starting point for a retired couple would be about $2,000 per month to cover basic housing and living costs.

And, with both private and public healthcare systems, you have options. Most retirees opt for private services which are incredibly affordable. A local insurance plan costs about $145 a month for a couple in their 60s and pays between 50% and 70% of most healthcare expenses.

Learn more from Panama for Beginners.

5. Malta

Aside from the appealing fact that the second official language in Malta is English, the country boasts rich European culture, plenty of entertainment and is ranked the fifth-best in the world for its health care systems and standards.

Also, becoming a resident of Malta is very affordable. There is no pensioner visa available in Malta, but it offers a Global Residence Program for non-EU citizens, which can allow you to qualify by renting a place to live for as little as about $900 per month.

Get more details from Malta Inside and Out.

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6. France

Most of us think of France as a relatively expensive place and more of a destination for an expensive dream vacation than retirement. Champagne and couture, anyone?

Paris is indeed one of the least affordable cities in the world. However, in the countryside affordable and picturesque villages abound — Brittany on the Atlantic, Pezenas, and Dordogne near the mountains, or the Languedoc region near the Mediterranean.

Speaking French is an asset for retiring in France. And since learning a second language is a great way to keep your brain young and vibrant, maybe France is actually an ideal place to retire.

Expatica covers many financial details for retirees interested in moving to France.

7. Vietnam

This country, once a foe, is friendly to United States citizens and English is widely spoken.

A tropical climate, friendly people and great food are some of the many reasons to retire to Vietnam. Nevermind that it is incredibly affordable. Many expats in Vietnam estimate that you can live quite comfortably for about $1,000 a month.

Getting a retirement visa involves opening a company, but it is relatively easy to do.

Get more information from Living in Southeast Asia.

10 Other Countries that Could Be a Great Retirement Destination for You

1. Italy

A couple of years ago the town of Sambuca on Sicily made news because they were selling homes for one Euro (just over a dollar).

So, yes, Italy can be extremely affordable for retirees. More realistically though, estimates that the cost of living in Italy is, on average, 1.30% lower than in United States. And, rent in Italy is, on average, 48.28% lower.

Get more information at Italy Magazine.

2. Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is more expensive overall than some of the other popular retirement destinations, it is still more affordable than living in the United States.

According to international consumer price data gathered by, the average person living in Phoenix faces an overall cost of living more than 34-percent higher than the average person living in San Jose. In another example, the cost of living in San Diego is more than 76-percent higher than in San Jose.

Beware of housing costs, but be aware you get a piece of somewhere pretty special. From long stretches of undeveloped beaches and green-carpeted mountains to volcanoes and dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife, this Central American country is a “nature-lover’s dream.”

Get tips for retiring to Costa Rica from the Tico Times.

3. Malaysia

This Asian country also actively welcomes foreigners by offering a visa program that grants 10-year long stays, called Malaysia My Second Home visa program.

It is a “Cross-cultural melting pot of customs, dress, architecture, and cuisine” where you can access:

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  • Public and private health care on par with that in western countries, and medical facilities staffed by English-speaking professionals. Did we mention it is also affordable? A visit to the doctor usually costs less than $10!
  • Low cost of living (around 43% lower than in USA, excluding rent.)
  • Internet coverage on a par with services in France and Italy

Learn more from Malaysia Traveler.

4. Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, is abundant with art, culture, architecture, and history. The second-richest of the 13 Slavic countries, Slovenia is among neighbors Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia in central Europe. Violent crime in Slovenia, as a whole, is unheard of, therefore ranking the country the 10th safest in the world. Though it is not a well-known city, a couple could live comfortably for under $1,500 per month in Ljubljana.

Explore Move2Slovenia

5. Cambodia

Cambodia is hardly the first place most people think of as a retirement destination. In fact, many of us think of Cambodia and have horrific images of war, landmines, and poverty.

However, the contemporary reality is much more appealing. This is a land of warm weather, nice people and a very low cost of living. While Cambodia has its own currency, most transactions are done in U.S. dollars — making it relatively easy for foreigners to navigate day to day living.

Siem Reap is one town to consider. It has an international airport and the location attracts thousands of tourists due to the proximity to the spectacular temples of Angkor.

Learn more from Move to Cambodia.

6. Philippines

Questionable leadership aside, the Philippines is full of tropical beauty. It is one of the largest island chains in the world.

While not all places in the Philippines are equally safe and comfortable for foreigners, find the right little spot and you can live very well for very little.

The expat exchange reports that most expats live comfortably in the Philippines for $1200 a month — which is indeed less than the average Social Security check.

7. Peru

The ancient land of the Incan culture also offers modern city living and gorgeous Pacific coastlines.

According to International Living, a couple can retire comfortably in Peru for about $1,000 a month (including rent), and single expats can live on even less.

Learn more from Traveling and Living in Peru.

8. Thailand

Have you had Thai food? It is delicious and might be good enough reason to retire to Thailand. But, don’t forget gorgeous beaches, beautiful mountains and one of the most exciting cities in the world, Bangkok. It also boasts a friendly culture, top-notch healthcare and inexpensive housing.

Here is a step by step guide to retiring in Thailand.

9. Spain

Experts say it is possible to live in Spain for as low as $25,000 a year. However, your actual cost of living will vary greatly depending on where you end up in this country. Popular cities for expats include: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastián, Alicante, and Málaga.

While it is possible to find other English speakers, knowing Spanish would be a definite plus.

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Learn more at Spanish Living.

10. Bali, Indonesia

Beautiful. Exotic. Full of traffic. These all describe Bali.

Bali is also relatively affordable for retirees. But, if you really want to make your dollar last, try one of the other islands in Indonesia that are less touristed.

Learn more from Indonesia Expat.

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What is the number 1 place to retire in the world? ›

It's no wonder that Portugal has topped the charts for the best places to retire through the years. This tiny country in the southwest corner of Europe has something for everyone.

Where is the best and cheapest place to retire in the world? ›

The Cheapest Countries Where You Can Retire Well
  • Portugal. Cost of Living Index: 42.18. ...
  • Malaysia. Cost of Living Index: 34.41. ...
  • Spain. Cost of Living Index: 47.51. ...
  • Costa Rica. Cost of Living Index: 43.65. ...
  • Panama. Cost of Living Index: 48.25. ...
  • Czechia (The Czech Republic) Cost of Living Index: 44.33. ...
  • Peru. ...
  • Slovenia.
1 Oct 2022

Where is the safest and least expensive place to retire? ›

23 Cheap Places Where You Will Want To Retire
  • Decatur, Alabama. Cost of living for retirees: 11.0% below U.S. average. ...
  • Prescott, Arizona. Cost of living for retirees: 3.7% below U.S. average. ...
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas. ...
  • Grand Junction, Colorado. ...
  • Punta Gorda, Florida. ...
  • Sandy Springs, Georgia. ...
  • Boise, Idaho. ...
  • Bloomington, Indiana.

What is the easiest country to retire to? ›

According to various studies, including International Living, Portugal is ranked as the best country for US expats to retire to. Its friendly population, welcoming community of American expats, excellent weather, safety records, and affordable cost of living are all big draws for retirees.

Where do the happiest retirees live? ›

Top 10 happiest countries to retire in!
CountryHappiness Index 2020Happy retirement index
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5 Nov 2021

What is the friendliest place to retire? ›

Best Retirement Cities
Overall RankCityTotal Score
1Charleston, SC58.97
2Orlando, FL58.23
3Cincinnati, OH57.88
4Miami, FL57.37
51 more rows
6 Sept 2022

Where is the cheapest and nicest place to live in the world? ›

Thailand. No list of the best and cheapest countries in the world would be complete without a mention of Thailand. Even before the movie 'The Beach', travelers all around the world had fallen in love with the Country of Smiles. Living costs are incredibly low here, even in big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

What is the cheapest but nicest country to live in? ›

10 Cheapest Countries in the World to Live In
  • Philippines.
  • Portugal.
  • Vietnam.
  • South Africa.
  • Ecuador.
  • Costa Rica.
  • Malaysia.
  • Mexico.

What country can I live like a king? ›

For those not yet looking to retire, they make good vacation getaways as well:
  • Cuenca, Ecuador. ...
  • Coronado, Panama. ...
  • San José, Costa Rica. ...
  • Koh Samui, Thailand. ...
  • Vienna, Austria. ...
  • Capetown, South Africa. ...
  • Merida, Mexico. ...
  • Montevideo, Uruguay.
30 Jul 2022

Where in the world can I live on 1000 a month? ›

1. Argentina. The cost of living in Argentina is up to 60% less than in the United States. You can get by in Argentina for about $1,000 per month.

Where can I retire on $1300 a month? ›

Panama offers a dry, warm climate year round and a very low cost of living–with beach views. You can retire comfortably on $1,300 per month, and it's one of the best countries for quality of life. What's more, English is widely spoken, and you can use your US money anywhere across the country.

Where is the healthiest place to retire? ›

#1. Portugal. Portugal is one of the world's healthiest places to live, with low rates of disease and an average life expectancy of 81.6 years. People in Portugal die 12% less often from cancer than people living in other European countries.

What country has the best healthcare for retirees? ›

6 Best Countries for Expat Retiree Health Care: 2022
  • Mexico (tied) Score: 90. The Mexican government runs two health care programs. ...
  • Malaysia (tied) Score: 90. ...
  • Colombia. Score: 93. ...
  • Portugal (tied) Score: 96. ...
  • Spain (tied) Score: 96. ...
  • Costa Rica. Score: 97.
17 Feb 2022

Which country is the best to live in permanently? ›

  • Sweden. #1 in Quality of Life. #5 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #10 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Germany. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #8 in Quality of Life.

Where is the cheapest warm place to retire? ›

More often than not, retirees will find the most affordable and sunniest retirement destinations in the southernmost state of the continental U.S. — Florida. In fact, one third of the 15 U.S. cities on this list are in Florida.

What is the number 1 state for retirees? ›

Best States for Retirement 2021
Overall RankStateHealthcare
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18 Oct 2022

How do I get the $16728 Social Security bonus? ›

How to get the $16,728 bonus in retirement?
  1. Work as long as you can: the later you retire the higher your benefit will be. Remember that 70 is the maximum age. ...
  2. Years worked: If you work less than 35 years you will have a reduction in your SSA check. ...
  3. High salary: with a high salary you will have a high retirement.
14 Sept 2022

What is the number one city to retire in? ›

When it comes to the best cities to spend your retirement years, the Sunshine state takes nearly half of the top 10 spots, according to WalletHub's 2022 Best and Worst Places to Retire survey. While historic Charleston, South Carolina, takes first place, Orlando, Florida, ranks a close second.

Where is the cheapest place in the world for an American to retire? ›

Panama. Named to the top spot of "Best Places to Retire in 2022" on International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index, Panama has become a popular retirement destination.

Where can I retire on $2000 a month in the United states? ›

Keep reading to discover 10 cities where you can retire on $2,000 per month.
The Best Cities To Retire on $2,000 a Month
  • North Royalton, Ohio. ...
  • San Angelo, Texas. ...
  • Longview, Texas. ...
  • Florissant, Missouri. ...
  • Des Moines, Iowa. ...
  • Parma Heights, Ohio. ...
  • Baytown, Texas.
3 days ago

Where is the cheapest oceanfront property in the world? ›

1. Penang, Malaysia. Malaysia may have the cheapest place to live on the beach in the world — and you won't believe your luck. If you decide to make this 121km2 island your home, you won't just have beaches on your doorstep, but rainforests to trek, temples to discover, and lots of food to try.

Where is the safest least expensive place to live? ›

Augusta, a small city near Georgia's border with South Carolina, is one of the cheapest and safest places to live in the USA. It has a low crime rate and a low cost of living, making it perfect for those looking to live comfortably and save money.

What is the cheapest English speaking country to live in? ›

You'll be able to explore the area without the stress of buying a house.
  • South Africa.
  • Belize. ...
  • Grenada. ...
  • St. Kitts and Nevis. ...
  • Canada. Average Apartment Rent Price: 1,100 USD. ...
  • United Kingdom. Average Apartment Rent Price: 1,300 USD. ...
  • Malta. Average Apartment Rent Price: 1,400 USD. ...
  • Barbados. Average Apartment Rent Price: 1,400 USD. ...
13 Dec 2021

Where is the safest place in the world right now? ›

In fact, according to the Global Peace Index 2022, New Zealand is the second safest country in the world, behind only Iceland. There are several reasons why New Zealand is such a safe place to live. For one, it has a relatively small population and a low crime rate.

What is the safest country in the world to live in? ›

Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.

Where is the cheapest place on earth? ›

Top 10 Cheapest Countries to Live In (Global average = 100) - Global Economy
  • Sudan - 38.29.
  • Kyrgyzstan - 40.38.
  • Azerbaijan - 40.56.
  • Burma - 41.08.
  • Sierra Leone - 41.32.
  • Nepal - 41.85.
  • India - 42.86.
  • Tajikistan - 43.51.

Where can you live like a millionaire? ›

  • Panama – Quality of Life. ...
  • Thailand – Historic Retirement. ...
  • Spain – Affordable Quality. ...
  • Malta – Island Paradise. ...
  • Mexico – Budget Retirement. ...
  • Malaysia – Cosmopolitan Comfort. ...
  • Portugal – Romantic Retirement. ...
  • Nicaragua – Adventure Retirement.

What country can I move to the easiest? ›

Nevertheless, to make your journey simpler and more enjoyable, you can read about some of the easiest countries you can move to from the United States.
Here are the 9 easiest countries that you can move to from the United States:
  • Mexico.
  • Portugal.
  • Ecuador.
  • Malta.
  • Spain.
  • South Korea.
  • Australia.
  • Canada.

What country is the hardest to move to? ›

Hardest Countries to Immigrate To 2022
  • Japan. ...
  • Qatar. ...
  • Liechtenstein. ...
  • United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. ...
  • Switzerland. ...
  • Bhutan and South Korea. ...
  • Austria and Germany. ...
  • United States.

Where can I live on $1500 per month? ›

To help you find such a place, a GOBankingRates study identified American cities where you can realistically retire on a budget of $1,500 a month.
Best Cities to Retire on a Budget of $1,500 a Month
  • Casper, Wyo. ...
  • Davenport, Iowa. ...
  • Lubbock, Texas. ...
  • Lorain, Ohio. ...
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ...
  • Lawton, Okla. ...
  • Lynchburg, Va. ...
  • Grand Forks, N.D.
12 Apr 2019

What countries can you live on $2000 a month? ›

Here are four tropical countries where you can live well for under $2,000 a month, according to International Living:
  • Mexico. Mexico is the most popular international destination for Americans. ...
  • Costa Rica. Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Dominical. ...
  • Colombia. Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia. ...
  • Panama. Flag on Cinta Costera, Panama.
30 Aug 2020

Where is the cheapest place to live in the world 2022? ›

Why: One of the world's safest, most affordable and most welcoming countries, Panama tops the Annual Global Retirement Index for 2022. It's actually the 11th time that Panama has taken the top spot in the 31 years that International Living has been publishing the list.

Where can I retire on 1000 a month in the US? ›

These Are the 15 Cities Where You Can Retire for Less Than $1,000 per Month
  • El Paso, Texas | John Moore/Getty Images.
  • Pasadena, Texas, is a suburb of Houston. ...
  • Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa. ...
  • Oklahoma's capital is affordable for retirees. ...
  • Your dollar can go a long way in Columbus, Georgia.
21 May 2018

Where is the cheapest tropical place to live? ›

5 Caribbean islands where it's affordable to live
  • Ambergris Caye, Belize. As the largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye is known for housing the Belize Barrier Reef. ...
  • Roatan, Honduras. Roatan is just 50 square miles off Honduras' northern coast. ...
  • Isla Mujeres, Mexico. ...
  • Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. ...
  • Isla Colón, Panama.
15 Feb 2021

Where can I retire on $800 a month? ›

Ecuador. If you're looking for a country where you can retire outside the US comfortably with $800 per month and experience one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world, then Ecuador might be for you. The go-to city for US retirees in Ecuador is Cuenca, which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What states to avoid when retiring? ›

Alaska, Maine, California, New Mexico and Montana are the five worst states to retire, according to Bankrate, which said they have either a high cost of living, higher relative crime rates or unfavorable weather for older Americans.

Where can I retire to avoid taxes? ›

In addition, states in this category have friendly sales, property, estate and inheritance tax rates.
  • Alaska.
  • Florida.
  • Georgia.
  • Mississippi.
  • Nevada.
  • South Dakota.
  • Wyoming.

What states should you not retire in? ›

Here are the seven worst states to retire in 2022, according to Bankrate.
  • Alaska.
  • Maine.
  • California.
  • New Mexico.
  • Montana.
  • Vermont.
  • Maryland.
21 Aug 2022

Do any countries welcome American retirees? ›

Almost any country you would want to live in welcomes American retirees, as long as they can prove that they have a certain minimum income from some combination of Social Security, a pension, and investment income.

What is a good country for an American to retire in? ›

Here are the Best Countries for a Comfortable Retirement in 2022
  • New Zealand.
  • Switzerland.
  • Spain.
  • Portugal.
  • Australia.
  • Canada.

What country has the best doctors? ›

1. United States: On our list of the top ten nations with the best doctors in the world, the United States earns the top spot. When it comes to pricey healthcare, the United States may be the funniest of all. But make no mistake about it: the country is a medical powerhouse.

What is the prettiest country to live in? ›

  • Namibia.
  • Portugal.
  • South Africa.
  • Spain.
  • Switzerland.
  • Thailand.
  • UK.
  • Zimbabwe.

What is the freest country in the world? ›

Top 10 Freest Countries and Territories in the World - 2021 Human Freedom Index
  • Switzerland — 9.11.
  • New Zealand — 9.01.
  • Denmark — 8.98.
  • Estonia — 8.91.
  • Ireland — 8.90.
  • Finland — 8.85.
  • Canada — 8.85.
  • Australia — 8.84.

Where the world wants to move to? ›

Add to that its friendly locals and beautiful scenery and it's little surprise that the country is so appealing.
Which are the most popular countries for moving abroad?
The Top 10 Countries for Moving AbroadNumber of countries that want to move here the most
1. Canada30
2. Japan13
3. Spain12
4. Germany8
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Where is the safest place to retire in the world? ›

Iceland. Canada might be closest; but, if you sail east a little more than halfway between North America and Northern Europe, you'll hit Iceland, which has claimed the title of the safest country in the world every year since the mid-2000s.

Which is the best country to live permanently? ›

  • Sweden. #1 in Quality of Life. #5 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #10 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Germany. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #8 in Quality of Life.

Where is the safest and cheapest place to live in the world? ›

Definitely one of the cheapest and safest places to live in the world, Portugal is very popular among people leaving the US to move abroad. Transportation is very sophisticated and easy to use all over Portugal, and you can travel cheaply around the country by train or bus.

What is the number 1 safest country to live in? ›

Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.

What country has the best healthcare? ›

Learn more about how countries are assessed in the Best Countries methodology.
  • No. 8: Netherlands. ...
  • No. 7: United Kingdom. ...
  • No. 6: Switzerland. ...
  • No. 5: Canada. ...
  • No. 4: Norway. Quality of Life Rank: 5. ...
  • No. 3: Sweden. Quality of Life Rank: 1. ...
  • No. 2: Germany. Quality of Life Rank: 7. ...
  • No. 1: Denmark. Quality of Life Rank: 2.
27 Sept 2022

Which country has the best future? ›

15 Best Countries to Live in the Future
  • United Kingdom. GDP per capita, Purchasing Power Parity in 2021: $49,675.3. ...
  • France. GDP per capita, Purchasing Power Parity in 2021: $50,728.7. ...
  • Canada. GDP per capita, Purchasing Power Parity in 2021: $52,085.0. ...
  • Finland. ...
  • Australia. ...
  • Germany. ...
  • Austria. ...
  • Belgium.
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