Malaysia one of top 5 countries in retirement haven index

MALAYSIA has been ranked in fifth place in a list of countries considered as retirement havens according to a new Retirement Index from InternationalLiving.com.

Taking into consideration criteria such as cost of living, healthcare and climate, Costa Rica came out tops as the destination to retire in for 2018.

The annual InternationalLiving.com Retirement Index compiles the top 24 retirement havens worldwide, based on key criteria for a happy and successful retirement. No less than 12 factors are taken into account when assessing potential destinations, such as cost of living, political life, retirement benefits, climate and healthcare, all based on a couple of retirees living with at least US$1,500 (RM6k) per month.

This year sees Costa Rica jump from fourth place to top of the list. The Central American country nestled between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean is a safe destination both at day and night thanks to low levels of crime. Moreover, Costa Rica is focused on environmental preservation, with 25percent of the country's territory protected. The economy is also seeing constant growth, reports InternationalLiving.com.

Portugal is Europe's top retirement haven, followed by Spain, while Malaysia ranks highest for Asian destinations.

1. Costa Rica

2. Mexico

3. Panama

4. Ecuador

5. Malaysia

6. Colombia

7. Portugal

8. Nicaragua

9. Spain

10. Peru

AFP Relaxnews