When considering the worst places in the wo
When considering the worst places in the world to retire, I would definitely not include Panama in whatever list I come up with.
For me, I would not want to retire in the Middle East and some formerly communist bloc countries. Certainly, you don’t want to live in a place that has a lot of unrest, whether it’s top-down unrest where you have an overreaching government that’s trying to corrupt everyone, make them like everybody else and prevent them from doing things that they wish to do, or the other type of unrest which is bottom-up. The latter is just as bad. At some point, you have that proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back and people say, “Okay, I’ve had enough of this” and they rebel. You certainly don’t want to get in the way of that sort of thing either, because we want to retire in a place that is peaceful.
I am a product of a family whose history started in Prussia, in area of Europe where there was a lot of unrest, death and misery in the family. Personally, I don’t want to repeat that experience. I want to go somewhere where I can live in peace and where I can do more or less what I want to do. I think the direction would be towards Central America primarily because I know more about it than any other places in the world. Of course, Panama would be at the top of the list.