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Thailand Among the Top 5 Places to Retire in the Worlds

Where in the world do people want to retire the most based on Google data with France being the number one destination for retirees looking to relocate. Canada came second known for its healthcare, scenery and friendly locals, followed by Argentina, Portugal and Thailand and Australia joining in fifth place as the country where the world most wants to retire.

A new study* by money.co.uk has revealed where the world is planning on retiring to the most, crowning France as the most sought-after retirement hotspot, followed by Canada, Argentina, Portugal, and Australia and Thailand are fifth on the list. 

With restrictions starting to lift around the world, the study analyzed were the inhabitants of 142** different countries are searching to retire to the most on Google. 

Home to a reasonably priced property market, strong healthcare system and warm climate, France proves to be a favourable choice for many retirees looking for a change of scenery in their later years. Taking the top spot with a total of 20 countries that include the likes of Italy, Belgium and Cameroon searching to retire here more than any other country.  

However, the other side of the Atlantic also proved popular, with Canada ranking in second, being the most searched retirement relocation destination for 14 countries that include Albania, Taiwan and more. Argentina ranked third, favoured by 11 countries in total, with many already based within South America. 

The 10 Most Searched For Retirement Hotspots

Rank 

Country 

Number of countries 

searching to retire here the most 

1. 

France 

20 

2. 

Canada 

14 

3. 

Argentina 

11 

4. 

Portugal 

10 

5. 

Australia 

9 

5. 

Thailand

9 

6. 

Spain 

8 

7. 

Costa Rica 

6 

7. 

Germany  

6 

8. 

New Zealand 

5 

9. 

Turkey 

4 

10. 

Belgium 

3 

10. 

Malaysia 

3 

Potentially due to the difficulty of being able to actually retire to the United Kingdom or the United States of America, both of these countries were discovered to be less desirable when it comes to finding the right place to retire. Only America topped the searches for retirees in Nigeria, and the UK failed to rank top for any pensioners worldwide 

Joel Kempson, the personal finance expert at money.co.uk, commented: Retirement is an exciting phase of our lives and for many, this means the opportunity to spend some of our pensions, and the latter years of our lives, in a new country altogether. 

“We hope our findings help to provide some inspiration for anyone currently considering retiring abroad, wherever they may currently be based”. 

For further information on the findings, the top-ranking countries and their options for retirees, visit: https://www.money.co.uk/pensions/where-the-world-wants-to-retire

Methodology 

*The study used Google search data (across all languages) to establish the average monthly search volume in each country, for common search terms associated with retiring to another country, such as ‘retirement in (country)’, ‘retire in (country)’ and ‘retire to (country)’. **142 countries were detailed in total, due to certain countries not providing enough search data to be featured. In some instances, search volumes for top-ranking countries were the same. Here, an alphabetical order was used to define a singular top country, however, further rankings can be found on the money.co.uk website. Data correct as of October 2021. 

About money.co.uk

Money.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading comparison websites for financial services. With the shared goal to help people make sense of their money, we support consumers in Thailand with finding mortgages, loans, credit cards, bank accounts and insurance from more than 600 providers. 

Our free, online comparison service allows UK consumers to compare thousands of financial products. From credit cards to savings accounts, loans to travel money, we want our users to feel reassured that we’re on their side when it comes to their finances.

Money.co.uk is fully authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is owned by RVU, which also owns Uswitch.com and Confused.com 

What do you need for a retirement visa in Thailand?

Requirements:

  1. Must be 50 years old and above.
  2. Passport (signed copies of each page)
  3. Non-Immigrant O Visa.
  4. Departure Card TM. …
  5. Proof of meeting Financial Requirements.
  6. Thai Bank Book (original)
  7. Letter from your Thai Bank.
  8. Three(3) 4×5 cm photos, with full face taken.

 

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