7 best European Cities For Remote Work

25 October, 2021

In the past, only a select few had jobs that allowed them to combine work and travel. Nowadays, with the rise of personal computers and digital workspaces, working remotely has become the norm for many. The ability to work remotely opens up a world of possibilities to make a living on the go, and it’s becoming more and more common for workers to use their remote work as a way of exploring different cities. If trying out a few different cities sounds appealing, it’s best to have an idea of where to start. Europe offers many great options for those looking to get the most out of their surroundings while working from home! Here are 7 of the best European cities for remote workers to call home…

 

1. Athens, Greece

The Greek capital has served as an invaluable hub of history and culture for thousands of years, and continues to dazzle as one of Europe’s best cities to live in. Great weather, amazing food, and manageable costs of living make Athens an almost irresistible choice as a remote working location. English is widely spoken across the city, and the Athenian locals are more than accommodating towards new arrivals. With its high quality of life and easy access to the beautiful Aegean Sea, Athens makes for an almost unbeatable choice for remote workers.

2. Tbilisi, Georgia

The capital of Georgia serves as a heaven for remote workers, and yet is still a rather underappreciated gem in the standings of European cities. Digital nomads who make their base in Tbilisi can expect some of the lowest prices found anywhere in Europe, without having to make sacrifices in terms of quality of life. Tbilisi is a thriving cultural hub, with a vibrant arts scene, and plenty of gastronomy to explore. English is widely spoken, and Georgians are very welcoming of the small but growing group of remote workers coming to call Tbilisi home.

3. Berlin, Germany

The German capital is one of the most unique cities in all of Europe. Marked by a fraught history of power, war, and division, Berlin has channelled its conflicted past into a bustling cosmopolitan spirit. Berlin is home to a thriving international community hailing from around the world, all drawn to the city for its rich spectrum of opportunities and open-minded attitude. Rent is very affordable compared to most European capital cities, and the price of living is also relatively cheap. Berlin is serviced by an excellent public transport system that makes it all too easy to explore the vast array of cultural offerings the city has to boast.

4. Lyon, France

Lyon is a wonderfully historic city situated right at the heart of France. The city has been a hub of culture and commerce for over 2000 years, as reflected in the ancient Roman architecture that dots the city. The living costs are pretty standard for western Europe, although far cheaper than London or Paris. There are many international companies based in Lyon so the international community there is in fact thriving, making it easy for remote workers to meet other people who are new to the city. While most people will speak and understand English, the French are famous for appreciating an effort to speak their language. Working remotely in Lyon is the perfect opportunity to brush up on a bit of French!

5. Zurich, Switzerland

While Zurich is admittedly one of the most expensive cities in Europe, this is not without reason. The quality of life in Zurich is among the highest in the world, and the city regularly tops the rankings of the world’s best cities to live in. Living in Zurich means all amenities are covered, and the internet speeds and network coverage are faultless. For remote workers who don’t need to live on a budget, Zurich makes for the perfect city to work from while enjoying the good life.

6. Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is a very affordable destination for those looking to work remotely. Compared to most European cities, the costs of rent and produce are relatively low, while the quality of life remains high. Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia, and boasts all the features one would expect from a capital city - beautiful architecture, a thriving cultural scene, and plenty of options when it comes to dining out. Croatia is also known for its robust healthcare system, in which many of the doctors speak English. While Zagreb is not yet massively popular with remote workers, it’s only a matter of time before the digital nomad community sniffs out this Balkan gem.

7. Tallinn, Estonia

In recent years, the Estonian capital Tallinn has become a favourite amongst the digital nomad community. The relatively cheap cost of living offers remote workers the ability to comfortably enjoy the city’s many vibrant attractions. The city sits on the coast of the Baltic sea and enjoys a comfortably temperate climate. Many remote workers are attracted to the city for its charming medieval streets, which are easily walkable. Generally speaking, Tallinn is a very accessible city, with easy walking distances and good public transport. The city is also full of delightful cafés that also serve as a hub for remote workers.

 

Any one of these seven cities makes for an excellent choice as a remote working location - with just a laptop and wifi connection, the possibilities for exploration are endless!

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