The digital nomad lifestyle is a different way of traveling that allows you to get a more complete experience of what life is like in a country compared to traditional, shorter tourism trips.
Even in countries that don’t have specific digital nomad visas, staying longer and continuing your work while you travel is a great way to dive deeper into a place.
Often, the most challenging part of this lifestyle is choosing where to go – so how does the country that just ranked best in Europe for remote work sound?
That prestigious honor belongs to the underrated Scandinavian nation of Denmark, which came out on top in the 2023 Global Remote Work Index by network access provider Nordlayer.
Countries were judged on factors including cyber safety, economic safety, social safety, and digital and physical infrastructure.
Here’s why Denmark secured the number one position and why it is one of my favorite countries in Europe:
Safe And Modern
Denmark is known for being a safe country. In fact, it ranked second in the whole world in the 2023 Global Peace Index.
Not only does the country have low levels of crime, but it’s also strong on issues such as social safety and digital and cyber security, which are important considerations for digital nomads.
Denmark is a modern country with great infrastructure – from its reliable public transport network to its widely available and stable internet connections.
It also has great healthcare, and English is very widely spoken, especially in and around the capital city of Copenhagen.
This solid infrastructure does, however, mean that Denmark is not the cheapest option when it comes to digital nomad destinations in Europe.
Hip And Trendy
Scandinavia is known for its unique style, with Denmark at the heart of that.
From the simple and striking architecture of its cities to social wellness concepts such as Hygge (a feeling of coziness), Denmark has been a trendsetter on the global stage for many years now.
And if you want to check out one of the trendiest places in this very hip country, then look no further than the Havnen district of Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, which was recently voted the fourth coolest neighborhood in the world by Time Out.
Its stylish waterfront cafés and bars are the perfect place to sit with a laptop and get through a couple of hours of work in style.
An Easy Place To Visit
While Denmark has no specific digital nomad visa, American citizens benefit from visa-free entry into the country for stays of up of 90 days, which gives you plenty of flexibility to stay for a few months.
As mentioned above, English is very widely spoken, which makes arranging places to stay and getting around the country very easy.
Many Danes help to improve their English by watching American movies and TV shows.
The currency used in Denmark is the Danish Krone, which at the time of writing had a conversion of about 7 Krone to US$1.
You can fly to Copenhagen airport directly from many American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Something For Every Taste
Whether it’s exploring the pretty and colorful waterfront boulevard of Nyhavn in Copenhagen or taking long walks on the pristine sandy beaches in the west of Jutland, Denmark has a little of something for everyone.
The country is relatively small and can be easily traversed in four or five hours via the train network.
Here are three of my favorite surprise destinations in Denmark:
For those of you who thought Denmark was flat, think again.
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the country is the Møns Klint, a dramatic white cliff face that juts up more than 400 feet above the sea below.
This four-mile stretch of impressive landscape is a great place to take in some wild nature or enjoy a picnic in warmer months.
A remote and beautiful island located away from the Danish mainland in the Baltic Sea, Bornholm is a fantastic place for a quiet retreat.
The island boasts cute fishing villages, iconic and historic Danish architecture, and a slow-paced way of life.
It also has great food, including what the Danish Tourism Board claims could be the world’s only Michelin-starred beach shack at Dueodde Beach.
This region is about a three-hour drive from Copenhagen and boasts a cultural city, some fascinating museums, and also some beautiful nature.
The Mols Bjerge National Park is a fabulous place to see in this area, as is the Djursland Peninsula.
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