In July, on-demand housing platform Nestpick conducted a study highlighting the destinations that are most attractive to digital nomads in search of a new home.
Nestpick’s study selected the 75 “most livable destinations” around the world. Later on, three main categories were established to help the team locate the best places for remote work:
- Costs & Infrastructure (living costs and opportunities for home office, co-working spaces, internet, etc.)
- Legislation & Freedoms (ability foreigners to access remote-working infrastructure, startup-visa, taxes, safety)
- Livability (culture, leisure, events, weather, healthcare, pollution)
It is no surprise that most of the cities on the list are located in the US, Canada, Australia, and the more developed Asian countries. However, plenty of European cities also made it to the top most preferred destinations for digital nomads.
Top 10 cities for remote working
- Melbourne, Australia
- Dubai, UAE
- Sydney, Australia
- Tallinn, Estonia
- London, U.K.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Glasgow, U.K.
- Montreal, Canada
- Berlin, Germany
Here are some of the European cities that were listed in the top 75 digital nomad destinations:
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, proudly takes 4th place, which is no surprise to anyone as Tallinn is among the world’s most advanced digital societies. Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity, and a status that provides access to Estonia’s transparent business environment.
Berlin, taking the 10th position, is the most popular city in Germany for startups, attracting over 2/3 of VC funding in Germany, according to Statista report. In 2020, Berlin was also chosen as the most innovative city in the region.
Prague, the heart of the Czech Republic, stands right after the German capital on the list. Besides the significantly low living costs fast internet, Prague offers a digital nomad visa, making it much easier for non-EU citizens to start a business and develop their ideas there.
Athens ranks 31st on the list for best digital nomad destination, ahead of Paris, Vancouver, and Munich. Positioned in the top half of the list, the Greek capital scores quite high on social aspects such as gender, LGBT and minority equality, and cost of living. The city also offers a digital nomad visa.
Zagreb in Croatia is one of the cheapest destinations for remote workers. The safety, great location, and startup visa help the city climb to the 43rd position.
Vienna in Austria, Lisbon in Portugal, Barcelona and Madrid in Spain are also ranking high on the list. Here you can find the full list of Nestpick`s greatest destinations for digital nomad lifestyle based on the Work-from-Anywhere Index.
Countries in Europe that offer a “digital nomad” / “freelancer” visa
- Czech Republic
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