Unlike working years, retirement is often filled with trips to the doctor's office and leisure time. In the twilight of life, low-cost happiness is also an important benchmark. Not to mention good weather.
Several trends emerged from the list. Affordability seems to be a trade-off with healthcare; generally, where healthcare is better, affordability dropped. Notable exceptions are the United States, Greece, and Italy, which have below average affordability and healthcare. No country on the list received above average rankings in both categories.
And while tropical locations scored highly on the happiness mark, less-than-desirable weather isn't always a negative contributor. For instance, a few Nordic countries have a strong presence on this ranking in spite of poor marks for weather.
Below, check out the 24 countries around the world that are best for retirees. Each of the four measures is ranked on a 10-point scale — the higher the score, the better.