Costa Rica outranked the likes of Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.

Despite the overwhelming popularity of European countries that made it on the list, Costa Rica came out victorious as the world’s most comfortable destination for retirement. By comparison, Canada was ranked third; the United Kingdom, twenty-third; and the United States, twenty-sixth.

According to U.S. News:

[quote_center]“Costa Rica offers a competitively low cost lifestyle, and the United Nations gives it a favorable rating for its overall standard of living.”[/quote_center]

Of course, the country’s attractive public and private healthcare systems, beautiful environment and overall pura vida lifestyle are also major reasons to consider Costa Rica for retirement.

Top 10 Best Countries for a Comfortable Retirement

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Ireland
  3. Canada
  4. New Zealand
  5. Australia
  6. Spain
  7. Denmark
  8. Sweden
  9. Italy
  10. Mexico

A full list of the top 60 countries can be found here.

Costa Rica Fast Facts


AREA: 51,060 sq. km

POPULATION: 4,757,606

GDP: $49.6 billion

Incredible biodiversity.

No army since 1948.

Consistently rated one of the Happiest Countries in the World.


The retirement ranking comes as a subdirectory of the U.S. News Best Country List, which analyzed a total of of 65 attributes, through surveys and research. Some of said attributes include: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, power and quality of life.

Furthermore, only countries which had previously been ranked on either some of the United Nation’s or the World Bank’s top lists were considered.

Header image via Senior Living.