Forget Florida, here are the 24 best places to retire around the world

  • Healthcare, affordability, happiness, and climate are all important to consider when choosing a country to live in.
  • Retirees traditionally prefer places with good climate, but may trade in warm weather for a strong healthcare system.
  • New Zealand and Australia top the list of best countries to retire in.

Florida may be the best place to retire in America, but the sunshine state — and the US as a whole — isn't that impressive from a global perspective.

As part of its series on best countries, U.S. News created a list of the best countries for a comfortable retirement and the US ranks at No. 24.

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.

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24. United States

Healthcare: 3.7

Affordability: 0.8

Happiness: 3.4

Weather: 2.5

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23. Mexico

Healthcare: 0.1

Affordability: 8.4

Happiness: 5.4

Weather: 7.0

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22. France

Healthcare: 7.8

Affordability: 0.1

Happiness: 4.3

Weather: 5.4

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21. United Kingdom

Healthcare: 8.6

Affordability: 0.3

Happiness: 3.2

Weather: 0.6

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20. Thailand

Healthcare: 0.2

Affordability: 10.0

Happiness: 6.0

Weather: 7.0

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19. Costa Rica

Healthcare: 0.2

Affordability: 5.5

Happiness: 6.9

Weather: 9.1

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18. Finland

Healthcare: 9.7

Affordability: 0.3

Happiness: 8.9

Weather: 0.8

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17. Dominican Republic

Healthcare: 0.1

Affordability: 6.3

Happiness: 6.1

Weather: 8.4

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16. Austria

Healthcare: 8.5

Affordability: 0.2

Happiness: 5.5

Weather: 3.9

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15. Greece

Healthcare: 1.1

Affordability: 5.4

Happiness: 4.4

Weather: 9.9

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14. Netherlands

Healthcare: 9.5

Affordability: 0.2

Happiness: 8.8

Weather: 3.4

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13. Norway

Healthcare: 9.7

Affordability: 0.1

Happiness: 7.9

Weather: 0.7

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12. Panama

Healthcare: 0.2

Affordability: 3.7

Happiness: 3.5

Weather: 6.6

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11. Denmark

Healthcare: 10.0

Affordability: 0.1

Happiness: 8.7

Weather: 1.8

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10. Italy

Healthcare: 4.2

Affordability: 0.6

Happiness: 8.9

Weather: 8.8

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9. Sweden

Healthcare: 10.0

Affordability: 0.1

Happiness: 8.5

Weather: 1.2

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8. Ireland

Healthcare: 6.4

Affordability: 0.5

Happiness: 7.5

Weather: 3.4

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7. Luxembourg

Healthcare: 7.0

Affordability: 0.0

Happiness: 5.1

Weather: 2.2

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6. Canada

Healthcare: 0.0

Affordability: 1.0

Happiness: 8.4

Weather: 1.8

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5. Portugal

Healthcare: 3.1

Affordability: 4.7

Happiness: 7.6

Weather: 10.0

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4. Spain

Healthcare: 5.1

Affordability: 3.1

Happiness: 9.2

Weather: 9.6

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3. Switzerland

Healthcare: 9.9

Affordability: 0.1

Happiness: 8.7

Weather: 3.7

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2. Australia

Healthcare: 8.4

Affordability: 0.5

Happiness: 9.4

Weather: 7.4

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1. New Zealand

Healthcare: 8.1

Affordability: 0.6

Happiness: 10.0

Weather: 9.5

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