Being a digital nomad is more popular than ever.
According to the UN World Tourism Organization, around 16.9 million Americans consider themselves digital nomads, more than double the number in 2019.
To meet this demand, more than 50 countries now offer digital nomad visas that allow remote workers and self-employed people to live and work in another country.
For many digital nomads, living in Europe is a dream.
These are the best European countries that currently offer digital nomad visas. This ranking is based on several factors, including:
- Ease of applying for the digital nomad visa
- Income requirements for the digital nomad visa
- Duration of the digital nomad visa
Additionally, it takes into account the quality of life and cost of living a digital nomad can expect.
Here are the best countries in Europe for digital nomads to live and work right now:
Albania is one of the top European countries for digital nomads because of how easy it is to move there. While the country does offer a digital nomad visa, there is no minimum income requirement. It’s good for one year and can be renewed for up to five years.
It’s also possible for Americans to stay in Albania for up to one year without a visa, so you can try it out to see if you like it first.
And there’s a lot to love about Albania — it’s a beautiful country with some of the most stunning and underrated beaches in Europe. Coastal destinations like Sarandë and Ksamil are perfect for digital nomads. It also has jaw-dropping mountains, quaint towns, and a vibrant capital city, Tirana, which is also a digital nomad hotspot.
And living here is cheaper than almost anywhere else in Europe, making it very affordable for digital nomads.
Another one of the best European countries for digital nomads is Montenegro. Montenegro offers a digital nomad visa with a minimum income requirement of $1,447 a month. It’s valid for two years with the ability to renew it for an additional two years.
This small Balkan country is unbelievably gorgeous, with Adriatic beaches, the stunning Bay of Kotor, and mountainous national parks to explore.
Like Albania, Montenegro is extremely affordable, especially when you get outside the tourist hubs like Kotor and Tivat.
Spain is another European country that digital nomads are flocking to. This popular European country offers a digital nomad visa with a minimum income requirement of $2,502. It’s good for one year, but it can be renewed for up to five years.
The most affordable destinations for digital nomads are located in southern Spain. Beautiful historic cities like Seville, Granada, and Málaga are becoming popular with digital nomads and offer an amazing, laid-back quality of life.
Another top country in Europe for digital nomads is Portugal. This country’s digital nomad visa requires that you earn at least $2,750 per month and it’s valid for one year.
Portugal is the cheapest country in Western Europe, so you can enjoy a great life here for less money. Some of the most popular destinations in Portugal for digital nomads include the coastal town of Lagos, known for its amazing beaches, and the northern city of Porto, famous for port wine.
Finally, Croatia is a fantastic digital nomad hotspot in Europe. This country offers a digital nomad visa that requires applicants to earn at least $30,435 a year, or $2,536 per month. The visa is valid for one year.
Croatia has become extremely popular with digital nomads thanks to its affordable cost of living and gorgeous scenery. The coastal city of Split is one of the best bases for digital nomads, making it easy to explore the beaches, islands, and national parks of Croatia.
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