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Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta boast best climates in the world

Sunday, January 26th 2014 - 09:27 UTC
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Punta del Este resort in Uruguay Punta del Este resort in Uruguay

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta were named as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate.

 Their temperate weather throughout the year, moderate rainfall and little risk of natural disaster saw them rise to the top of the Climate category, one of eight categories in the Index, which details the top countries in the world for retirement in 2014.

With a perfect score of 100 and for the second year in a row, Ecuador comes out on top in the Climate category and is the overall runner up in this year’s Global Retirement Index. Situated directly on the equator, the country enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight 365 days a year.

“The best weather in Ecuador is up in the mountains in towns and cities like Cuenca, Otavalo, Vilcabamba, and Quito,” says’s special projects editor, Dan Prescher. “The combination of altitude and amount and intensity of the sunlight makes the weather ideal in my opinion.”

Sitting between 30 and 35 degrees southern latitude is this year’s runner up in the Climate category, Uruguay. It is in a temperate zone and the weather remains uniform. Average temperatures for the mid-winter month of July range from 48F to 54F, while the midsummer month of January varies from 72F to 79F.

Uruguay enjoys four distinct seasons.’s Uruguay correspondent, David Hammond, who has lived in the country for seven years, feels that the climate is perfect. “Uruguay’s winter is mild, and rarely ever gets below freezing. It gets enough rain to keep the country green, and during the summer when it’s warm, it’s nice to be on the Uruguayan coast where there are cooling breezes coming off the water,” says Hammond.

In Europe, Malta comes in third position in the Climate category and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Located 60 miles from the Italian island of Sicily, Malta’s location means the climate in winter is relatively warm. High summer can be hot—that’s when expats and locals head to the many beaches.

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  • Stevie

    I got the (a?) solution.
    Regarding the fact that every expat has a negative opinion on just about everything related to South America, and the fact that the Islands are such a wonder of a place, lets all gather the cash needed for the one way ticket to paradise, the Falklands, that is.
    That way, the pensions are used in a British colony instead of in SA and the islanders can finally get a CT scanner, the expats will be happy and we will be clapping your achievements and reunion...

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 11:07 am 0
  • golfcronie

    Nice to see you want to go to the FALKLANDS to spend your pension, but do take US$ won't you.

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 11:29 am 0
  • wesley mouch

    A magazine that promotes real estate investment in Ecuador concludes that Ecuador has one of the best climates in the World. No conflict of interest here right? I have been to Cuenca and although there are some nice temps during the day the nights get cold and most houses do not have adequate heating or insulation. The Mexican highlands, Medellin, etc have better climates. Since International Living does not promote real estate there you may not hear about it.

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 12:02 pm 0
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