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New study reveals the best countries to work abroad from

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  • The Netherlands, Norway and Malta are the top three countries for digital nomads
  • Surprisingly France, Portugal and Italy don’t make the top 10

If you’ve been working in the online space recently, you may very well have come across the term digital nomad.  And with searches for ‘Digital nomad visas’ increasing by 150% in the last year, it is safe to say there’s been an explosion of these online wanderers around the globe ever since we all started working remotely.

If this sounds like an incredibly appealing lifestyle, then you’re not the only one strapping your metaphorical hiking boots on to start trekking the digital trail. But where is a budding digital nomad to start? To help, Ebuyer have collected data based on five key factors, including happiness ratings, internet access, social sentiment around WFH and how rainy different countries around Europe are, so you can start your digital nomad journey off on the right foot.

The best countries for digital nomads in Europe

Rank Country Happiness Score Internet Download Speed (Mbps) Social Media Positive Sentiment (%) Cost Of Living With Rent (€) Number of Rainy Days
1 Netherlands 7.42 70.32 26.3 2115.66 130
2 Norway 7.37 41.66 23.7 2096.64 116
3 Malta 6.45 44.59 14.7 1573.11 59
4 Hungary 6.09 40.79 16.3 853.37 86
5 Denmark 7.64 123.96 9.5 1975.46 156
6 Spain 6.48 23.41 16 1372.19 61
7 Sweden 7.38 75.54 17.1 1632.73 163
8 Finland 7.82 57.78 16.1 1644.92 181
9 Greece 5.95 15.16 20.2 1070.48 97
10 Belgium 6.81 47.24 18.1 1630.49 137
11 Slovenia 6.63 35.04 19.2 1196.12 150
12 Germany 7.03 29.64 12.4 1694.94 103
13 Italy 6.47 12.71 13.7 1433.05 79
14 Switzerland 7.51 110.77 8.49 3127.01 125
15 Czech Republic 6.92 20.87 5.15 1269.97 87
16 United Kingdom 6.94 27.23 12.5 1787.77 111
17 Romania 6.48 33.49 5.56 840.77 111
18 Austria 7.16 22.03 16.9 1611.28 160
19 Estonia 6.34 27.26 21.8 1261.98 173
20 Poland 6.12 26.18 19.5 1012.82 161
21 Portugal 6.02 24.75 14.2 1259.46 114
22 France 6.69 23.01 11.8 1624.08 113
23 Latvia 6.18 31.38 19.4 1063.24 180
24 Slovakia 6.39 27.03 10.8 1086.7 142
25 Luxembourg 7.40 92.76 8.39 2597.95 177
26 Ireland 7.04 23.36 13.2 2366.47 127
27 Croatia 6.13 19.82 7.69 1037.45 130
28 Lithuania 6.45 28.38 11.3 1219.14 175
29 Bulgaria 5.37 20.74 7.83 845.27 118

The top three countries to WFA

The Netherlands

Perhaps it’s no surprise that one of the most tourist-friendly and culturally rich countries in the world is at the very top of our list. Boasting the third highest happiness rating on our list and having an excellent internet speed of 70.32mbps, the Dutch have digital working down.

Norway

Popping up to Scandinavia for our second-place country, Norway might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about working abroad. But even though Norway’s internet speed is only an adequate 41.66mbps on average, their happiness score and positive social media sentiment rating all but offsets the potential for occasionally slow internet.

Malta

Malta might only be a tiny island off the coast of Sicily, but don’t let that fool you. Malta is a hub of tech and commerce, which is why it’s scored itself the third spot on our best countries list. With incredible weather all year round and a monthly cost of living of just €1,573.11, what more could you ask for?

What countries scored surprisingly low?

Several big named countries failed to make the top five. Spain, Portugal, Italy and France all rank among the middle of our list, despite being tourist hotspots.

The main reason for this seems to be their internet speeds. In spite of their rich culture and modern infrastructure, all of these countries had an average internet speed below 30mbps.

However, while this speed is certainly workable, when combined with relatively high average monthly living costs compared to many other countries on our list, these countries simply don’t compare to the top three

 

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