For some, retirement is still a long way off, and for others, it is imminent! In any case, what if stopping work was synonymous with a change of life and country? Rankings of the best countries to retire are regularly published, taking into account elements such as the health system, quality of life, tax pressure and material well-being. In Europe, but also in the rest of the world, there is a multitude of countries that seem to be tailor-made to welcome retirees, in order to make this time of life a period of discovery, change of scenery and happiness.
In tenth place in this ranking is the small country bordering France, Luxembourg. If many French people choose this country to spend their retirement, it is perhaps first and foremost because they have heard about its interesting tax system. Indeed, Luxembourg is known to be a tax haven. But there are many other reasons to settle there to live peaceful days. The territory is one of the safest in the world, it benefits from a very good health system and its cultural activity is important. You can visit superb castles, walk or cycle through green nature reserves and the country is a real crossroads between France, Germany and Belgium for short, easily accessible escapades.
Heading to the end of the world to reachAustralia, its remarkable air quality and its vastness. Of course, taking the decision to leave for this island is not a decision to be taken lightly, as it takes around twenty hours by plane to make the journey to France and this inevitably means seeing your loved ones less often. But for nature lovers, it is certain that the choices for trekking are endless. The Australian bush and its wonders like Uluru, the national parks and their desert regions but also the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays islands and their heavenly beaches offer diverse and unforgettable experiences. Not forgetting the cities where culture is in full swing, such as Sydney and its mythical Opera House.
To retire in Canada, you must apply for a permanent resident visa at the Délégation générale du Québec in Paris and at the embassy of the country. For some French people, Quebec remains the place of choice to settle down and grow old in peace and quiet for the simple reason that French is spoken there. Canada is generally known for its material well-being, for its attractive cities such as Montreal, its old quarter and Mount Royal Park, but also for the great diversity of landscapes to be discovered. How can we not think of the Saguenay Fjord, Jasper National Park with its exceptional wildlife and its many turquoise mountain lakes such as Moraine Lake, to name but a few.
Back to Europe and more precisely to Northern Europe to settle this time in the country where people are happiest in the world: Denmark. It is no secret that the quality of life is remarkable and the people are smiling and welcoming. Copenhagen is a beautiful capital city on a human scale where it is pleasant to stroll along the waterfront and in its green gardens. And how can you not fall under the spell of the colourful houses in the Nyhavn canal-side district? In the rest of the country, there is plenty to occupy your days by going to see the architectural and natural wonders of the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, Lake Filsø and the manor houses and castle on Fionia Island.
Let's stay in Northern Europe, but this time let's put our suitcases down on the Swedish side. The quality of life and the health care system remain strong there. Its main cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, have lovely green areas for morning jogging. Rosendals Trädgård and Slottsskogen Forest Park are two examples. It's also a great destination to spend your retirement enjoying winter sports. Riksgränsen and the Åre resort are ideal for skiers and mountain hikers. Not forgetting the possibility of visiting Sweden by bicycle, for example along the Göta Canal, which reveals lakes and colourful wooden houses that are emblematic of the country
5- New Zealand
New Zealand's financial, health and quality of life indices are excellent, making the country another great place to retire on the other side of the world. The welcome of the population is legendary, the territory is renowned for its benevolence and above all there is the beauty of the landscapes which will not fail to attract lovers of wide open spaces. The ascent of Mount Taranaki, the snow-covered peaks around Mount Cook and the numerous waterfalls in the Fiordland National Park are all natural splendours to be admired. For everyday life, Auckland is pleasant with its beaches, unless you prefer the colourful capital of Wellington, where the quality of life and the cultural and artistic life are at their best
Ireland is among the Top 5 best countries in which to retire due to the continuous improvement of its healthcare system. In addition, the island has cities that provide an ideal setting for a peaceful life. Such as Belfast with its Victorian architecture, Galway, a vibrant and charming port city and Cork, with several cathedrals and museums. If one aspires to make retirement a time to walk in the wilderness to keep up the muscles and breathe at full lung, Ireland is especially famous for its beautiful wilderness. County Kerry and its mountains, the Cliffs of Moher and the flora and fauna of Connemara National Park are wonderful places to live in fusion with an unspoilt natural environment.
Norway is ranked third in this ranking because happiness, air quality and its exceptional natural environment contribute to ageing well. The Trolltunga Rock overlooking Ringedalsvatnet Lake and the surrounding landscape almost symbolises the power of nature's ever-present fascination. And what about sunny summers strolling through the Lofoten Islands and their translucent waters, all close to the Arctic Circle. On another getaway, head for the Sognefjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in the country. On the city side, the capital city of Oslo has a lot to offer in terms of serenity, green spaces and cultural attractions. Unless you prefer a cool retreat to the north, in the no less charming city of Tromsø with its colourful 18th century houses
Very easily accessible from France, Switzerland has all the assets to spend a quiet retirement. It is mainly its environmental factors that have got into the habit of propelling it to the top of the rankings. As a mountainous country, people settle here to fill up on breathtaking nature and to exercise themselves. In the alpine environment of theInterlaken region, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and mountaineering have something to satisfy those who dream of a dynamic retirement! The mountainous region of Valais and the Bernese Oberland also offer panoramas and colours that you will want to enjoy for hours. Lucerne and Lausanne are all cities with a high quality of life and a remarkable architectural heritage
The countries of the North are definitely popular for a happy retirement. If there is one destination that we have been hearing more and more about in recent years, it isIceland, which is at the top of this ranking. The destination stands out for its good level of health, finances and material well-being. With a beautiful and grandiose natural environment, Iceland is also remarkable for its air quality and its emphasis on ecology. The glacial Jökulsárlón lagoon, the geysers at Geysir, the western fjords and the whales that live in the waters around Husavik andAkureyri are just some of the things you'll want to see, offering breathtaking expeditions into the great outdoors and contributing greatly to making your retreat a pure moment of happiness