October 7, 2021
Remote, has released a first-of-its-kind Best Destinations for Remote Work report that showcases the top 100 global destinations for remote workers, along with unique insights into location-specific incentives. The report is paired with an interactive tool and database with information on hundreds of cities across the world for users to create personalised rankings on where to work remotely based on their individual preferences.
Remote’s “Best Destinations for Remote Work” is an in-depth statistical analysis and evaluation of every country in the world and all 50 U.S. states across seven relevant categories: internet infrastructure, attractiveness, safety, quality of life, openness, cost of living, and special incentives for remote workers. To inform overall scores and rankings, Remote incorporated user-defined weights to each of the seven categories.
When attributing equal weights to all seven components, the top 10 destinations for remote work are:
1. Toronto, Canada
2. Madrid, Spain
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Madeira, Portugal
5. Helsinki, Finland
6. Svalbard, Norway
7. Berlin, Germany
8. Valparaiso, Chile
9. Dublin, Ireland
10. Sydney, Australia
Looking specifically at European countries, the top 10 destinations for remote work are:
1. Madrid, Spain
2. Madeira, Portugal
3. Helsinki, Finland
4. Svalbard, Norway
5. Berlin, Germany
6. Dublin, Ireland
7. Stockholm, Sweden
8. Valletta, Malta
9. Bucharest, Romania
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
London ranks low down the list in 78th place. Whilst London scored high for openness, safety and the quality of life, London’s overall score was brought down due to the increased cost of living in the UK city versus other global destinations.
Auckland, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; Sydney, Australia; and Reykjavik, Iceland are among the top destinations with the best quality of life for remote workers. The most open-minded places are Stockholm, Sweden; Toronto, Canada; and Amsterdam/Netherlands.
Aruba offers the best incentives for digital nomads through its “One Happy Workation” program. Emilia-Romagna, Italy has the largest cash incentive, paying young families (under 40 years old) almost £25,000 to relocate.
“For a long time, workers were restricted to living near major urban hubs if they wanted to access the best job opportunities.”
None of the top 10 cities were located in the U.S., with heavy representation across Europe and Oceania. Topeka, Kansas, provides up to £3,660 in funds to rent in one’s first year and up to £7,340 in funds for a home purchase as a relocation incentive.
Colorado grants employers cash awards for each remote worker employed in an eligible rural county outside the county where the project is based. Remote workers in Cabo Verde are exempt from income tax.Ecuador offers a professional visa that offers the lowest monthly income requirement of any country at almost £300.
“For a long time, workers were restricted to living near major urban hubs if they wanted to access the best job opportunities. The freedom to work from anywhere opens the door for employees to choose their home – or travel – without compromising their work,” said Remote’s CEO and co-founder Job van der Voort.
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