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17 Best Countries for Retirement Abroad: 2022

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International Living’s annual global retirement index, published Saturday, is a “cheat-sheet of sorts” to direct people’s attention to overseas destinations that may make sense for them when they are thinking of moving abroad, according to IL’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

“The idea of going overseas to a place where the living is good and the costs are low is more timely than ever,” Stevens said in a statement. “That’s because going abroad provides a viable solution for lots of folks considering what they want their lives to look like over the next decade — or two or three decades.”

The havoc wreaked by the pandemic has left multitudes of people at a crossroads. “And going overseas can provide a path to that better-balanced, more affordable life folks are craving,” she said.

The index is developed from statistics and on-the-ground intelligence, experience and opinion provided by the publication’s contributors based around the globe.

International Living ranks the 25 countries in its index across 10 categories and scores them on a scale of 1 to 100, including: 

  • Housing. 
  • Benefits and discounts.
  • Fitting in and entertainment.
  • Climate.
  • Health care.
  • Cost of living.

See the gallery for International Living’s 17 best places to retire overseas in 2022.