The Best Places to Retire in the World

When it comes to the best places to retire in the world, which country is at the top of the list? And where does the U.S. feature on the leaderboard? We investigate.

Telemark mountain landscape October 2020 in Norway View on popular mount Skorve Painted so many times by famous artists
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If you’re nearing or living in retirement, as you look around at how your peers are faring around the world, you may think you should have been born Dutch. Or Norwegian. Or Irish. Granted, you can’t choose where you were born, but retirement is the right time to take a look at where you and other Americans stand on the worldwide retirement leaderboard. How do your average home-grown Tom, Dick or Mary stand, compared to Thijs, Didrik or Maeve?

The short answer: The U.S. may be the world’s number one superpower, but people living in a multitude of other wealthy countries can expect more financially secure retirements than Americans. When it comes to getting a secure retirement, analysts say other wealthy countries — that provide both financial benefits and better health systems — outrank the U.S.

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Senior Retirement Editor,

Elaine Silvestrini has worked for Kiplinger since 2021, serving as senior retirement editor since 2022. Before that, she had an extensive career as a newspaper and online journalist, primarily covering legal issues at the Tampa Tribune and the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. In more recent years, she's written for several marketing, legal and financial websites, including and, and the newsletters Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report. 

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