Emerging Europe Dominates Best Countries for Remote Workers
Remote working – already a trend long before the Covid-19 pandemic – is here to stay.
The number of people shunning the office in favor of working from home is increasing and moreover these homes are increasingly found in foreign countries as people combine work and love of travel.
A recent survey in the UK found that up to 26% of Britons plan to work remotely even after the pandemic has ended.
But where should these new legions of teleworkers, often referred to as digital nomads, settle?
In short, emerging Europe.
Search by Ovo Network, a technology-driven marketing and booking platform for a network of handpicked boutique vacation rentals, found that eight of Europe’s top 10 cities for digital nomads are in Central and Eastern Europe .
The research is based on some of the most important factors people consider when working remotely, such as Wi-Fi speeds, as well as the cost of coworking space and accommodation.
Krakow, Poland, is Europe’s best city for telecommuters. The city has WiFi speeds that eclipse European averages of 23% and UK averages of 37%, meaning people can stay connected more easily even if they are hundreds of miles away.
Krakow also has some of the cheapest co-working spaces in Europe with monthly passes equivalent to less than £ 85 per month. This exceeds UK average prices – 210 pounds sterling – by 71 percent and average European prices – the equivalent of 152 pounds sterling – by 57 percent.
In fact, four of Europe’s top eight cities for digital workers are in Poland. Łódź (fourth), Poznań (seventh) and Warsaw (8th) all follow Krakow in the standings.
All of these towns are incredibly safe for newcomers and have the fastest WiFi in Europe. The prices for coworking spaces and temporary accommodation are around £ 50 and £ 400 cheaper, respectively.
Another winner from emerging Europe is North Macedonia. Skopje has been named the best city with a mountainous backdrop for remote workers.
The capital – which benefits from the perfect Zoom background – has incredibly cheap co-working space at £ 60 per month and above-average Wi-Fi speeds.
Tickets and gym memberships in Skopje are also significantly lower than UK and EU averages. Not only is it the perfect city for nomads, but it’s also the perfect city for those looking for a work-life balance.
When you read that a Romanian city is on the list, you will probably think of Bucharest, but then you are wrong. Timișoara, in western Romania, is named as the best city in Romania and the third best city in Europe for remote workers.
Avoiding the hustle and bustle of the capital, Timișoara offers a range of perfectly affordable amenities like coworking space and transport passes. The locals are also good with their English, so settling down shouldn’t be a problem for people all over the world.
Timisoara is also one of the safest cities in Europe.
Ukraine is another country where several cities are in the top 10. Kharkiv ranks fifth and Lviv ranks sixth.
Average rents in these cities, around 350 euros, are 600 euros cheaper than the European average, making it a great place for nomads to live and save at the same time. Monthly tickets are also the cheapest in Europe, at around six euros for a month.
Combine this incredible cost of living with a plethora of attractions and fast Wi-Fi and you could pretend Ukraine is home to the gems hidden in remote work hotspots.
Croatia is home to the real hidden gem of the beach. Rijeka is named the 10th best waterfront city in Europe for remote workers.
The beaches, architecture and setting to die for should make Rijeka one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Is there a more creative environment for a remote worker to connect and work on? Probably not.
Moreover, Rijeka is not only one of the safest cities in emerging Europe, but rental costs are half the European average and coworking space costs only 37 euros per month.
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