Portugal On The Red Carpet

As of 2019, more than a half-million documented immigrants call Portugal home. We expect those numbers to keep climbing, too. For the past several years, Portugal has welcomed an ever-growing number of foreigners who want to retire here. Expats retiring in Portugal often come from the United States, England, Canada, Ireland, and Nordic countries like Sweden.

“Where should I retire?” This is one of the questions we hear most often whn we reach our mid fifties and we think about a new adventure on another country that will include our family and sometimes even our closest friends. Well there´s a lot of countries to thik about but we would like to suggest you Portugal. Why? Well one of the reasons is that thee country has been awarded by the Annual Global Retirement Index as the Number 1 Country. This may help you make up your mind about one of the destinations that is unavoidable when making your own analysis and establishing priorities.

The Retirement Index is the most comprehensive and in-depth survey of its kind. It’s the best way we know of to sift through the wealth of opportunity the world offers, bring some order, and help you pinpoint the best destination for you. The Team that produces all the hard data, has grown to cover five continents, which means they bring to the Index an ever-greater depth of knowledge.

Therefore a vast amount of hard data goes into the Index. It’s a distillation of every pertinent and measurable fact the scouts and experts can lay their hands on.

But it’s hardly surprising that Portugal topped the 2020 Annual Global Retirement Index. From North to South, from the Atlantic West to the Spanish East, this country’s gracious people, bustling capital, brilliant sun, tantalizing beaches, and verdant valleys are more appealing than ever to a growing number of people.

 

To back this up nothing better than visitors or foreign resident opinions:

Tricia Pimental: After living here for more than seven years, I’ve been asked many times “Why Portugal?” My response is often to enumerate factors like affordable lifestyle—which includes quality professional healthcare, temperate climate, high safety rating, and excellent food and wine.

But truthfully, for me the number one reason is more ephemeral: it’s the overarching sense of well-being we experience here. The country’s natural geographical beauty blends with its architecture of various eras, dating back millennia, to evoke a sense of permanence and timeless tradition. When you add to that the kindness and gentility of the Portuguese people, it is a winning combination.

Others tend to agree. “Perhaps the nicest thing about Portugal is the friendly people, who go out of their way to make you feel welcome,” says IL contributor Kevin Casey.

It’s true. Locals generally make a sincere effort to make visitors and expats feel welcome. Of course, it helps if you speak at least a little Portuguese, but in urban areas like Porto anLisbon and the multi-national expat region of the Algarve, English works just fine.

And last but no the least Jacira Paolino  “In the U.S., I worked long hours and was usually so tired when I finished, all I wanted was to walk my dogs, eat, and sleep. Here, it is a time-honored tradition to have a coffee with a friend, or dinner, or listen to music, get a drink, or go dancing. People actually live here, and get together with family and friends. They go to the beach in the summer, to a jazz club, to any of many amazing restaurants.”

If the reputation comes from someone else´s opinion, it must be credible…

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