(Iceland came 1st but it is a little chilly up there!)
The Algarve, in Portugal.
Portugal’s Algarve is a fantastic location to retire or even to buy an investment property where you can perhaps live here 6 months of the year and rent out your property for the remaining months! Portugal ranks as the *4th safest country in the world to live. The infrastructure is good and improving, and the excellent health care is at an international-standard. Medical tourism is a growing industry.
This Atlantic coastal region is already home to more than 100,000 resident expat retirees and offers the best of the old world, from medieval towns and fishing villages to open-air markets and local wine, plus some of Europe’s best beaches. The Algarve also boasts great weather, enjoying around 3,300 hours of sunshine per year, more than most anywhere else in Europe.
The cost of living in Portugal is among the lowest in Western Europe. A retired couple could live here comfortably on a budget of as little as £1,000 per month. And the country’s Non-Habitual Resident and Golden Visa programs mean it is easier than it’s ever been for a foreign retiree to arrange legal residency
* The think tank Institute for Economics and Peace published the Global Peace Index 2018, which ranks major nations around the world by how safe they are.
The report ranked 163 countries based on how peaceful they are. The ranking is determined by 23 factors, which include murder rate, political terror, and deaths from internal conflict.