These Are the Happiest Countries to Retire In, According to Study


We don't know about you, but retirement has been on our minds lately. Who knows why? Maybe it has to do with the uncertainty of the world we live in today, maybe it's the tiring routine the pandemic has put us through, or—sad as it sounds—maybe it gives us something to look forward to. It's a big part of our life, after all.

Recently, we've found out that Filipinos want to retire in Thailand. Now, what we want to know is where are the happiest countries to retire to. Luckily, Our Life Plan has ranked countries to reveal what destination is most likely to ensure a happy retirement. With data from the World Happiness Report, Our Life Plan took the 95 happiest countries from the list and ranked them across six categories: average monthly salary, cost of living, average life expectancy, average yearly temperature, and number of sunshine hours.

Since being happy is the most important part of living somewhere, these are also probably the best places to retire to, right? Check out the happiest countries to retire in below.

  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Australia
  3. Israel
  4. Bahrain
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Cyprus
  7. Spain
  8. Malta
  9. Colombia
  10. Thailand

See the full list here.

"The study reveals that the United Arab Emirates is the happiest place to retire with an overall score of 7.76. It comes as no surprise that with the average yearly temperature being 27 degrees and 3,508 hours of sunshine, they came out on top. A medium cost of living and a high average monthly salary of more than £2,000 also contributed to this," researchers said.


The United Arab Emirates was followed by Australia and Israel to round up the top three happiest countries to retire in. Interestingly, Thailand made the tenth spot so it seems we Filipinos were onto something.

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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