I’ve compared lists from a few different sites to give you the following information. (Factors taken into account included house prices, health care costs, average temperature, rainfall and hours of sunshine – as well as grocery bills, crime rates and taxation).
What an ADVENTURE!!!
Residency has been made easier for expats and Portugal now lets those who qualify, receive pension and foreign income in Portugal tax-free for 10 years. It’s also around three times cheaper to buy property in Portugal than in France.
Spain also has the largest expat community in Europe as well as the lowest crime rate of all countries surveyed. With beautiful cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, the rolling countryside of Catalonia, historic Unesco-protected areas like Toledo and islands including Tenerife, Ibiza and Menorca, there's plenty of choice.
And Spanish is the third most-spoken language in the world – you’ll have lots of opportunity to practice and make new friends.
This island member of the Commonwealth has all you would expect from the Caribbean: sun, sea, sand and friendliness. The English language is a huge bonus, although its main selling points include virtually free health care, low property tax, an average temperature of 26C and a big expats community.
It looks amazing…
One advantage is that Asia is closer to Australia but you’ll have to practice your Thai….
Given all that this diverse country has to offer, it’s not difficult to see why this country is a great choice. Second only to Ecuador among South American nations in the International Living rankings this year, Colombia has an incredibly low cost of living. According to International Living Colombia correspondent Michael Evans, a couple can live comfortably on just over $1,200-a-month here. Look at all the wonderful countries surrounding it.
a year, while offering some of the lowest property prices out of the countries surveyed. However, poverty and crime in some areas could be a problem. Research your area well before making the move.
Spanish is the official language spoken here.
In The Americas: Ambergris Caye, Belize; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cayo, Belize; City Beaches; Granada, Nicaragua; La Serena, Chile; Mendoza, Argentina; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Samana, Dominican Republic
In Europe: Abruzzo, Italy; Barcelona and Istria, Croatia
In Asia: Istanbul, Turkey and Nha Trang, Vietnam
Jo Ammerlaan is the National Business Manager at Vocational Language Learning Centre. “I’m heading to St Petersburg again this year so I’ll check out some retirement options while I’m there, although I think the weather in winter may be a deterrent…..” In summer however, the white nights are fantastic….