5 Best European Cities to Work as a Digital Nomad or Remote Worker
The pandemic has prompted us to invent new ways of working with astonishing speed and flexibility, with remote working becoming the new normal. It demonstrated that in a globalized environment, workers can be productive wherever they are with a plethora of digital tools.
Here is a selection listing of Europe’s top destinations for digital nomads and remote workers, plus why you should consider visiting (or working!) from some of these locations.
A temporary resident visa, which allows the holder to stay in the country for more than one year, is available to self-employed persons and business owners. It can be extended and can also serve as a means of obtaining permanent residence.
But it’s not just in mainland Portugal. The local government of Madeira has launched the Madeira Digital Nomads initiative, which allows workers to live in the nomadic village of Ponta do Sol.
Of the destinations, Lisbon is the obvious choice, but also consider Porto. This northern city is modest but charming and has a lower cost of living than comparable European cities like Dublin or Berlin.
Portugal ranks 17th among the countries with the fastest Internet access, so you can carry on with your work undisturbed.
The Czech Republic offers a “business license” which is a little more difficult to apply for than a visa for digital nomads. It can take up to four months to get it in person at a Czech embassy or consulate.
It’s great to work from here as EU citizens can work remotely without an official visa, and its central location makes it easy to travel to other EU countries like Germany, Poland and Austria.
Prague is an ideal destination for English speakers as it is a major tourist destination.
The nation is implementing its national plan for the development of very high capacity networks, which was authorized in March 2021, to improve connectivity.
Visas for digital nomads are available. You must provide proof of sufficient financial resources, which is equivalent to €3,500 per month.
Although prices vary, mainland Greece is generally cheaper than the islands, where rent, food and fuel are more expensive.
The cost of living is also around 30% lower than in other European countries.
Impact Hub and Vios Co-Working are just two of the many coworking spaces in Athens. Proximity to amazing cultural attractions, great weather for much of the year, and affordable prices are all major draws.
Foreign nationals can work in the country for up to one year on a digital nomad visa for their own business registered overseas or in a remote job for a foreign employer.
Rent, food and transport are cheaper than in many other European countries, and it’s a safe place to live.
Additionally, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is increasingly becoming a tech hub, making it an ideal location for remote tech professionals.
According to the Freedom on the Net Index 2018, Estonia, along with Iceland, has the best free and open internet access in the world.
Regarding the digital nomad visa, Croatia requires, among other things, proof of remote employment, sufficient annual income, health insurance, background checks for security and a rental agreement.
Working from here is a good idea as Croatian visa holders are allowed to bring family members.
Among the places to visit you can think of Zagreb, the capital of the country, or perhaps the charming city of Dubrovnik, but Split is also an option. Due to the city’s thriving tourist industry, there are also many hotels and restaurants.
Most urban areas in Croatia have good Wi-Fi coverage and speeds are fast.