Many retired people and those close to it are looking for ways to make their dollar stretch and still have a nice environment, preferably warm, to live out the non-employed part of their later years. After a life of working hard, those with limited retirement budgets are looking to implement such cost-cutting measures as moving to a warmer and especially cheaper area in the world. Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, or France and Spain (for those who live in Europe’s north), are names of refuge countries for the not-so-wealthy that I have heard discussed among people my age. It is a bit difficult to decide which part of the world to choose, because often the country where one has vacationed catches the imagination. How can you tell what permanent living is like–so different than just spending a short time on vacation. Doing research first is a requirement.
This blog post is about the ten most murderous countries in the world, so one knows to skip those when considering a place to live, at least if you are not tired of living yet. The list is from the Huffington Post, that most useful news resource with original content. Does anyone still reads paper newspapers? I have gotten used to on line news resources. The Huffington Post has published the list of the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) valid for the year 2012. Some of those nations with a high murder rate are small and deaths are indicative of local strive and a high crime tolerance, and/or poor government.
The list is from the highest murder rate to lower murder rates, of course still very high at # 10. It’s all relative. These are all in the Americas and Africa. Europe and Asia have lower rates and also have better conviction rates for the murderers.
# 1. Honduras: murder rate is 90.4 murders per 100,000 residents, almost double than any other nation on this list.
# 2. Venezuela: murder rate is 53.7 murders per 100,000 residents.
# 3. Belize: 44.7 per 100,000 residents
# 4. El Salvador: 41.2 per 100,000 residents
# 5. Guatemala: 39.9 per 100,000
# 6. Jamaica: 39.3 per 100,000
# 7. Swaziland: 33.8 per 100,000
# 8. Saint Kitts & Nevis: 33.6 per 100,000 residents; few people live there, actual murders: 19
# 9. South Africa. This nation has gone down tremendously in deaths per 100,000 residents: from 64.5 in 1995 to 31 per 100,000 in 2012.
#10. Colombia: 30.8 killings per 100,000