While remote work comes with a wide array of advantages, it’s always a challenge to find a destination that’ll support both your productivity and lifestyle.
Luckily for digital nomads all over the world, NordLayer just released the 2023 Global Remote Work Index, a study that scores countries based on their ability to accommodate those working across borders.
108 countries were evaluated based on criteria such as cybersecurity, economics, infrastructure, and social safety.
These were the European destinations that made it to the top 5:
Denmark is a country best known for its high quality of life and laid-back atmosphere.
The concept of “hygge,” which translates to coziness and contentment, seems to fill the entire country, making it a welcoming space for remote workers from all backgrounds.
Here, you’ll also find some of the most innovative workspaces that help foster a thriving coworking culture.
That’s especially true if you’re living in a city like Copenhagen, where gorgeous coworking spaces with high-speed internet are a dime a dozen.
If you’re ever working in the Danish capital, places like The Rabbit Hole, Republikken in Copenhagen, and Symbion will provide just the push you need to get through a busy day.
With that said, Danes still know how to maintain a good work-life balance, so take a page out of their playbook and set aside some time off to enjoy the stunning views of the Tivoli Gardens, marvel at the Round Castle, and bike across Christianshavn.
2. The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a country that seems to have jumped out right out of a fairytale.
With their picturesque canals and historic landmarks, the cities here manage to strike the perfect balance between quaint charm and modernity.
Don’t let the cobblestone streets fool you, though.
The Netherlands boasts exceptional infrastructure and a superb public transport system, at the forefront of which is a well-connected railway network.
While the trains here aren’t the ultra-speed ones you’ll see on the news, they’re still pretty punctual and fast, going up to 99 mph (160 kph).
What’s more, Wi-Fi access has become standard across all trains, allowing digital nomads to get some extra work done between sightseeing exhibitions.
Speaking of which, the abundance of historical, cultural, and natural landmarks in the country will always keep your itinerary not only full but diverse, too.
From the historic charm of Amsterdam to the innovative atmosphere of Eindhoven, each city offers a remarkable charm that can’t be recreated elsewhere.
If you were to travel east of the Dutch border, you’d find yet another captivating country that offers endless possibilities for digital nomads – Germany.
Germany’s allure for digital nomads lies in its impressive blend of rich traditions and cutting-edge technology.
Between its efficient public services, thriving startup scene, and abundance of historical landmarks, Germany creates the perfect setting for digital nomads looking to experience some of the best of what Europe has to offer.
The country is renowned for its reliable infrastructure, which includes high-speed internet, an exceptional public transport system, and well-maintained roads for those looking to explore the country by car.
Unlike what you’d expect in most countries, German infrastructure is pretty consistent in nature and quality, no matter where you are.
So, whether you choose to work from a bustling metropolis like Berlin or a serene town like Quedlinburg, you can count on a stable environment that’s built to facilitate your life.
If you’re seeking someplace with balmy Mediterranean weather and idyllic beaches, Spain is the perfect choice for you.
Boasting stunning views and a laid-back lifestyle that favors a great work-life balance, the Iberian country is a dream for remote workers looking to foster creativity and relaxation.
The abundance of outdoor activities and the ability to work from beachside cafes are sure to boost your productivity and make work hours go by faster.
Unlike all other destinations on today’s list, Spain has the kind of warm, sunny weather that’s guaranteed to make even the most hectic days feel that much more encouraging.
Beyond that, Spain is also the cheapest destination out of all five that made it to the list, making it ideal for those looking to stick to a tighter budget.
Sweden is a country that has a lot to be proud of – from its pristine natural beauty to its progressive society that puts a lot of emphasis on innovation.
So, whether you want to take advantage of the country’s thriving tech sector or simply gain access to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring forests, lakes, and mountains, Sweden will be the ideal choice for you.
One index the country consistently scores high in is that of Quality of Life.
Excellent healthcare, comprehensive social services, and a strong emphasis on work-life balance will help you not only achieve greater productivity in your work but also enjoy your time off to the fullest.
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