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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:15:00 GMT | By Lydia Dallett
The 20 best places in the world to retire

17. South Korea

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17. South Korea

Health: 7.7/10
Finances: 6.8/10
Quality of life: 7.1/10
Material well-being: 8.3/10

The Republic of Korea was one of the most impressive performers this year, jumping 10 slots to break into the top 20. Perhaps that's why legendary figure skater Kim Yu-na has decided to retire in Seoul — at age 23.

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