Spain best in Europe for retirees

Stripped of titles but Prince Andrew still on Queen's staff. Lorna Roberts/

SPAIN has been named as the best country in Europe for those looking to retire to, and has come in sixth globally in an international study.

Thanks to its warm climate and low cost of living, Spain ranks highest in Europe for people wanting to spend their twilight years relaxing and enjoying the fruits of their labours. In the Annual Global Retirement Index, Spain scored highly for infrastructure, entertainment, and a health care system recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the best in the world.

On a global scale, the top destinations for retirees are Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Malaysia and Costa Rica, with Spain coming in sixth and topping the European table. The only other European countries to break the top 10 are Malta and Portugal.

“The world’s top retirement havens for 2015 may dot the landscape from Asia to Latin America to Europe, but they share certain assets,” said Jennifer Stevens, executive editor of “They’re safe, offer good value and are places you can settle with relative ease.”

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