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By Dex Tennyson, for ExpatBriefing.com
07 January, 2015
Ecuador has been ranked in a recent index as the best country in world for expat retirees, due to a combination of cheap property prices, the low cost of living, and benefits and discounts for over-65s.
Twenty-five countries were ranked by International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index, using questionnaire data and information from the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the CIA World Factbook.
Ecuador was also identified as the best location for expats in a survey and ranking undertaken by Expat Insider last year. Expat Insider found high levels of satisfaction in relation to finances, making friends, and personal happiness. However, it was also noted that it is difficult to get by without learning Spanish.
Other Central American countries in International Living's top-25 include Colombia, which it says has top-quality healthcare, and Panama, for its discounts for retirees and good infrastructure, including the best internet connectivity in the region.
Malaysia and Thailand were ranked as the top locations for retirees in Asia, while Spain and Malta came first and second in Europe. International Living noted good internet connectivity and the widespread use of English in Malaysia, high-quality healthcare in Thailand and Malta, and cheap property prices in Spain as key factors behind their positions.
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