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 Remote has released the definitive list of the 100 top global destinations for remote work,with Sydney ranked 17th. The report, first published in 2021, previously ranked Sydney in 10th place. 

Based on an in-depth analysis of factors spanning quality of life, safety, internet infrastructure, economics, travel and more, the list leverages the latest data to guide digital nomads and other remote professionals in making informed decisions that align with their personal preferences and professional goals. 

The top 10 destinations for remote work include: 

  1. Madrid, Spain 
  2. Madeira, Portugal 
  3. Toronto, Canada 
  4. Auckland, New Zealand 
  5. Tokyo, Japan 
  6. Paris, France 
  7. Portland (Maine), USA 
  8. Taipei, Taiwan 
  9. Stockholm, Sweden 
  10. Reykjavík, Iceland 

A detailed breakdown of how Sydney scored against key metrics is as follows: 

Openness  Internet Attractive ness  Safety Quality of 

Cost of 


living Incentives Inflation

97%  48%  85%  82%  92% 40% 60% 82%

Remote originally published the Best Destinations for Remote Work in 2021, when distributed work was still relatively novel and travel restrictions remained in place in some countries. Today, as the concept of remote work transitions from a necessity to a lifestyle choice for many, the significance of selecting the right destination has never been more critical. Remote updated its list with new factors reflecting this reality, including inflation and

availability of a digital nomad visa, which is now offered by more than 50 countries. Those ready to take the leap can find amazing remote roles with top companies through Remote Talent, while self-employed digital nomads can use the Remote Freelancer Hub to manage and invoice clients. Remote also offers immigration and relocation services to make it easy for employers to retain star employees who want to move abroad. 

“Remote work enables professionals to maintain careers wherever they feel most inspired, productive, and balanced. This year’s list of the top global destinations for remote work reflects not just the best places to live and work remotely, but also the evolving landscape of what remote professionals need to thrive in a post-pandemic world,” said Job van der Voort, co-founder and CEO of Remote. “One of the most exciting aspects of distributed work is how it can enable an exchange of cultures, ideas, and innovations and enrich communities. We’re eager to witness the positive impact that global citizens will have on their chosen destinations.”