Lithuania is quickly becoming a digital nomad favorite, and for many reasons.
Having been recently named one of the cheapest countries to live in Europe, this Eastern European gem is growingly in popularity among digital nomads.
FUN FACT: Lithuania’s Vilnius is one of the only capital cities in the world where you can soar in a hot air balloon above the skyline.
After having its tourism industry brought to a standstill by COVID, the Ukraine War has caused many to cancel their trips to this region in the past year. Despite these setbacks, Lithuania is bouncing back, and the recent spate of good press is helping this compact yet cozy country gain momentum with travelers in 2023.
Did Someone Say Wifi?
It’s no secret among travelers, ex-pats, and digital nomads alike that Lithuania boasts one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. Any remote worker knows that connectivity is key, and Lithuania’s average download of around 50Mbps is a huge draw for those looking to work online.
Aside from offering solid Wifi, Lithuania is recently gaining attention for another reason. Having been named one of the safest countries in Europe for 2023, it seems Lithuania will only increase in popularity among travelers and digital nomads. For those looking to get ahead of the curve, now might be the time to consider packing up and heading to explore this gem of the Baltic region.
Speaking of the Baltic region, Lithuania’s location makes it a perfect base to explore the other two Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia. Well connected by trains and busses, you can easily head to these other fascinating countries for a long weekend.
The Cozy Capital of Vilnius
There is a lot to like about the charming and historic capital city of Vilnius, from the warm and cozy historic center to the more modern skyscrapers. Vilnius is often considered to be one of the most off-the-beaten-track cities in Europe and therefore doesn’t see nearly as many tourists as other European cities. With just around half a million residents, Vilnius is a perfect-sized city, one where you don’t feel overcrowded or, at the same time, too isolated.
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Vilnius is well connected to the rest of the country and further afield. With trains, busses, trolleys, and even ride-share apps. A monthly card grants you unlimited rides around the city on the public transportation network for only approximately USD 30. Apartments in the city center rank comparably lower than other European cities, and you can find a place for around USD 800 a month in the most trendy areas.
While it can be said that some buildings might lack the romantic charm of a Paris apartment, remember these old soviet blocs were built for livability, with most having large rooms and with huge windows, offering perfect working space for those who are sitting on the computer throughout the day.
Lithuania is approximately 40% forests, and even in the city, Vilnius reflects that with its abundance of nature and green space. Too hot in the summer? Beat the heat at one of the many stunning lakes that surround the city. Swimming here is safe and encouraged, as the harsh winter conditions don’t let any bacteria live throughout the winter. And yes, the winters here are harsh. This is something to consider before moving to any Baltic country. Too cold? Just pop into one of the endless cafes to warm up with a cafe and some super-fast wifi.
Aside from the lakes, Lithuania offers nearly 300km of coastline, with numerous smaller beach towns lining the coast of the Baltic Sea. Many favorite villages and beaches can be found along the “Curonian Split” coast.
The Fine Print
As Lithuania is part of both the EU and the Schengen zone, EU and EEA citizens are permitted to stay up to 3 months without registering. Those from the U.S., UK, and other countries will be pleased to know that while Lithuania currently doesn’t offer a digital nomad visa that allows non-EU citizens to work, it does offer an alternative option.
Coined the “Start-Up Visa”, this is a well-known and fairly straightforward option for those looking to stay and work in Lithuania for a longer period of time. To be eligible, you need to meet a few simple requirements. Check the official website for a current list, but upon writing, the main requirements were: being employed or self-employed, having health insurance and a clean criminal record, and proving you earn at least 600€ a month.
Unique Co-Working Options
Those who don’t fancy sitting in their apartments every day while you work will be pleased to know that Vilnius has a thriving co-working scene. From facilities to ancient university libraries to modern shared workspaces with gyms, cinemas, and sports facilities.
If you are looking for something more unique, there is the option to work alongside nuns at the fascinating 300-year-old Pažaislis Monastery or from any of these modern treehouses in the countryside. From young modern communal blocs to out-of-the-ordinary experiences, Lithuania offers something for everyone’s style of remote working.
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Friday 27th of January 2023
Lithuania is an amazing country and I had a blast, when I went there. I can’t wait to go back and maybe even settle down.