Lately, there are more and more people who want to retire abroad and their choice is based not only on their personal taste but also on the level of well-being and lifestyle of the targeted country as well as culture, environment, and historical heritage. According to the Blacktower group, Europe is one of the best choices to retire. Blacktower group experts evaluated 37 countries that can be the best destination for pensioners. Here are some of those alternatives.
With breath-taking views, fresh lakes, vast forests, and quaint cities; it’s no surprise that Finland draws millions of retirees to their border each year. The friendly locals, relaxed way of living, and beautiful changing seasons make it the perfect destination for anyone who’s looking to wind down and enjoy life in their ‘golden years’. A rate of 21.61 of people over 65 is living there, and the country presents a house rate index of 8.64.
This country offers the “the University of third age”, an association where retired people can continue living a social life, moreover many language courses are offered. The life expectation is 83.43 and the cost of living is 59.09. In particular, Alicante has been detected as one of the most sought-after cities. Indeed, it provides an efficient transport system linking Alicante with the most important cities in Spain and affordable housing prices.
It is rated as one of the cleanest and safest countries in Europe, a perfect place where to benefit from a healthy way of life. Spas, casinos, and resorts also provide opportunities like access to beaches, ski resorts, golf courses, lakes, and mountains. The country has a low crime index of 21.79 and a high rate of people over 65 living there, 19.65.
Anywhere in Italy, you would find the peace you want for your retirement. Beautiful sights, delicious food, and new friends to get along with. Italy has got one of the best house rates, 9.52, and also high life expectations rate, 83.34.
Gorgeous white-sand beaches, warm Atlantic waters, ideal year-round weather, and an array of outdoor activities are guaranteed in the southern coastal region of Portugal. Portugal is defined as the European Florence since it is not only a gorgeous country but also because of its pleasant weather and lifestyle. In particular, Algarve is perceived as one of the favorite spots. Its live expectancy rate is 81.32 and provides a residence permit of 300 000 €.
The warm, dry summers and mild winters of Croatia are waiting for retirees that want to live peacefully and enjoy themselves in beautiful restaurants, bars, and cultural venues. The index of living cost is 56.36 and it allows Croatia to be one of the best countries to retire.
For retirees who enjoy hiking, horseback riding, strolling through nature, Ireland is the perfect place to be. Golf is one of the most played sports and it is very popular among retirees. Visa applicants must have a proper income in order to stay more than 3 months, around $60,000 per year.
Austria is one of the best countries for retirement. The rate of house pricing is 10.4 and it provides a residence permit for financially independent persons from 100 000 €. Moreover, Austria is a country with a high standard of living, with a rate of 81.69.
Mediterranean sea, beautiful coasts, and great weather are part of what Malta offers. Valletta, the capital, is perfect for those who love walking and English is the main language. Malta, in general, is an affordable retirement option. Life expectation there has an index of 82.44, and one-bedroom apartments just outside the capital city of Valletta rent for as low as $750 a month.
The average of people over 65 living in the Netherlands is 19.16. The country’s good attitude towards the immigrants makes it a perfect country for those who want to retire from abroad, who can also apply for a pension. Moreover, the house price rate is 7.35, one of the best in all over Europe.