Asia’s two top spots for retirees

SINGAPORE, 7 January 2021: Interested in the world’s best places to retire this year?  The top four out of 10 are in the Americas led by Cost Rica. Portugal in fifth place is the leader in Europe while the obvious choices for retirement in Asia are Malaysia (7th) and Vietnam (10th).

Courtesy of the 2021 Global Retirement Index scores the world’s top 25 retirement destinations across 10 categories. The benchmarks for judging include the cost of living, governance, retiree benefits, climate and healthcare.

Now in its 30th year, the listing from the online magazine examines safe, good-value destinations beyond the US or Canadian borders, comparing, contrasting, ranking, and rating them to select spots across the globe where a retired couple can live a comfortable, carefree life on as little as USD2,000 a month.

“All 25 destinations are worth your attention,” says International Living’s executive editor Jennifer Stevens. “But this Index is most useful when you come to it with an idea in mind about what your ideal destination might look like. What’s most important to you—the cost of living, proximity to home, having a beach or lots of cultural activities close at hand, the climate?

“Our choice of countries reflects a huge range of lifestyles and locations—they’re the places we think you’ll find the best combination of factors to suit your overseas retirement. We’ve got people on the ground in each of them, reporting facts and figures, and sharing their insights about the places they’re proud to call home.

According to‘s 2021 Global Retirement Index, the world’s top 10 retirement destinations are:

#1 Costa Rica
#2 Panama
#3 Mexico
#4 Colombia
#5 Portugal
#6 Ecuador
#7 Malaysia
#8 France
#9 Malta
#10 Vietnam

In Costa Rica, a couple can live comfortably, but not necessarily extravagantly, for around USD2,000 a month. This includes renting a two-bedroom home with North American amenities, air conditioning, plus groceries, entertainment, transportation, and healthcare.

International Living’s complete 2021 Annual Global Retirement Index, including more information on the winner and the other nine countries that made it into the top 10 — as well as the individual rankings in all 10 categories for all 25 countries included — is available online. Visit: The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2021.