France worlds best country for growing old

Published:  25 Apr at 6 PM
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Results of a new study have confirmed France as the best place in the world for long life expectancy, making it the idea destination for retirees.

Life expectancy levels in France are some of the highest in the developed world and are continuing to increase year after year. Right now, the average age for women is calculated as approaching a remarkable 90 years. Life in the slower lane clearly has its advantages, especially after a frenetically stressed lifestyle run by a demanding career.

For Britons, France has a permanent place in many hearts as the perfect retirement destination due to its relaxed quality of life, its world-famous cuisine and wines and its kinder weather. Living to a ripe old age in order to enjoy the country’s delights in full is the ambition of a huge number of would-be expats who just can’t wait for retirement after a lifetime on the treadmill.

France’s all-round quality of life features regularly in expat surveys, including the 2016 HSBC rating of number four out of 45 countries worldwide. The UK was rated 30th and the USA came in at 26th, reflecting the need to retire elsewhere once the corporate dream fades.

Quality of life includes many factors and, for retirees, the quality and price of healthcare is a top priority. France’s version, according to International Living magazine’s annual survey, is one of the top performers, earning itself 88 out of 100 points for excellence and affordability. Affordable real estate is another essential for an enjoyable quality of life, although it has to be said that Paris property is at the top end of the price list.

Even so, France’s great choice of historic smaller cities and towns as well as its charming country and coastal properties have tempted many thousands of British pensioners to cross the English Channel and create the perfect retirement lifestyle. Visiting families and friends in the UK is just a Eurostar trip away, and France’s ultra-modern TGV high speed network gives 50 per cent discounts to pensioners.

Last and by no means least, the country’s sheer beauty encourages outdoor activity, and the warmer climate in most regions is good for health as well as for avoiding the depression caused by Britain’s typically endless grey, rainy days. All in all, older expats who choose France have the best of all worlds as regards a happy retirement.

Source: The Local, France
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