Singapore and Germany among top digital nomad destinations
The pandemic has not only ushered in a new era of remote working – millions of people can now work from anywhere in the world, and statistics show that they are increasingly doing so.
Described as people who want to “travel the world, find themselves while earning a substantial salary,” the number of digital nomads in the post-pandemic United States has more than doubled. According to Forbes, there are over 35 million travelers working from anywhere in the world.
As more countries reopen, you might be wondering where are the best places to enjoy the flexibility and freedom of remote working — and take in some sights while you’re there. A recent study by legal consultancy UpCounsel lists a list of possibilities for digital nomads looking for a change of scenery.
We’ve compiled the top five countries to work from the bottom, determined by UpCounsel using an index that takes into account the United Nations Human Development Index, migrant population and passport regulations.
The popular tourist destination has nearly 200 visa-free places to visit, according to the survey. The luxury hotels and stunning architecture that define Singapore come at a steep price, but with a Human Index of around 95/100, it also enjoys a high quality of life thanks in part to the robust health and education systems to which residents have access.
A country with a large English-speaking population, American citizens also don’t have to worry about a maze of bureaucratic red tape that often accompanies extended international travel. Rather than applying for a visa, Digital nomad world (a website that caters specifically to remote workers) says you can skip straight to getting a residence permit.
The country’s exemplary human index puts it at the top of the list of places to relocate. The obligatory healthcare (expensive, but high quality), lush greenery and stunning views are just some of the side benefits of qualifying Switzerland as a solid destination for remote work.
According to UpCounsel, international migrants make up nearly half of Luxembourg’s population, so the country is well equipped to host digital nomads. With a relatively easy hall process and flexibility for travelers in and out, the high taxes are worth it for many.
In addition to its abundance of scenic getaways, residents of Sweden have some of the the longest life expectancy in the world and have access to both free health care and university education. A healthy economy and a focus on promoting income equality are also a boon for remote workers.