More people each year choose to retire abroad to find a change of scenery, new experiences and a lower cost of living. Even if staying within a tight budget is your biggest retirement focus, safety is likely to be another top consideration.
To help you find the best of both worlds, below are 10 of the cheapest countries for retirement that scored well on the 2015 Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 nations covering 99.6% of the worlds population according to their relative peacefulness.
Our other figure, the Cost of Living Index, an indicator of consumer goods (excluding rent/mortgage) relative to costs in New York City, was developed by Numbeo.com. If a nation has an index of 80, it means that consumer goods there cost 20% less than in N.Y.C.
The listing here is in order of each countrys peacefulness index, from lower to higher.
1. Austria Global Peace Index Rank: 3/162 Cost of Living Index: 47.16 Retirement Visa: Youll need a Residence Permit if youre staying longer than six months, plus proof of sufficient financial means.
Considered by many as the Swiss alternative, Austria offers all the stunning natural beauty of Switzerland at a price thats easier on the budget. Expect an excellent infrastructure and high living standards. (Check out 5 Tips on Moving from the U.S. to Europe for more.)
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