Portugal is the best place to retire in Europe, ac...

Portugal is the best place to retire in Europe, according to a new study

Portugal is considered the best country in Europe for retirement, offering “plenty of sunshine, good-quality beaches, as well as a reasonably low cost of living”

To determine the best retirement countries in Europe, experts at Moving to Spain, a website dedicated to shedding light on what it takes to relocate to Spain, examined the cost of living, health care, average apartment prices, average annual sunshine hours, retirement visas, percentage of the population aged 65 and older, life expectancy, total Blue Flag sites, and global peace index scores across every European country.

“Based on our index, the best retirement country in Europe is Portugal, with a retirement score of 7.83 out of 10,” Moving to Spain says.

“Portugal is a safe country, with a high percentage of its population aged 65 and above. It offers plenty of sunshine, good-quality beaches, as well as a reasonably low cost of living. One of the many things Portugal is famous for is its wine and port. Add spectacular golf courses and wonderful scenery, and it is the complete package,” it adds.

Spain and Italy are tied in second place with a score of 7.31, with Greece in fourth (6.70) and Bulgaria in fifth (6.39). The top-10 also features France (5.53), Slovenia (5.36), Croatia and Malta tied in eighth place (5.35), and Ireland (5.15).

Moving to Spain used several sources for its data analysis, including the Economics and Peace Global Index for safety data, Numbeo for cost of living scores and apartment prices, The World Bank for life expectancy and demographics data, Prosperity for healthcare quality scores, Blue Flag for the number of Blue Flag sites in each European country, World Data for average sunshine hours per year, and Where Can I Live for countries offering retirement visas.

Based on the data, the website created a weighted table, ranking each factor out of 10 and averaging these scores to determine an overall score.

The full report can be found online.

Source: Article originally published by Michael Bruxo on Portugal Resident.


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