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Top 10 nations to be a digital nomad

Australia deemed eighth best

Remote working has never been more commonplace as it is today, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic as well as a shifting attitude towards working from home. 


But remote workplaces need not be limited to a shoebox-sized study, dining table, or desk in the corner of your kid’s bedroom. If you’re a digital nomad, you can take your office outdoors, to a public space or on the road if you fancy combining work with a little travel. You can even take your work abroad, if restrictions allow it. 



With no time like the present to become a digital nomad, business communications company Circle Loop went about ranking the best countries for remote jobs. 


In its Digital Nomad Index, it considered a range of factors including the average cost and speed of an internet connection, monthly rents, migration laws, the availability of working holiday visas, and the World Happiness Index score. 


It also used Google’s Keyword Planner to find out the average annual searches for the phrase ‘remote jobs in X’, where X refers to each country’s name. 


According to the Index, Canada was deemed the top nation for nomads thanks largely to its overall friendliness, its happiness ranking among the top 10 countries and its high migrant population. 


Next up on the list is the UK, which recorded the second-highest number of global searches for ‘remote jobs in the …’, and surprise inclusion Romania, which has some of the cheapest monthly fixed-line broadband packages. 


In a list dominated by European nations, Sweden, Demark, France and The Netherlands came next, while Australia was named eighth best country in the world for remote working in 2021. 


Switzerland and Germany rounded out the top 10 best nations for a nomadic lifestyle, while New Zealand came in 14th place and as the third highest non-European country on the list.


To see how all 85 countries did in the Index, click here.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 21 February 2021

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