Remote working used to be one of those things we heard about but perhaps never thought we would ever do. Fast-forward post pandemic and now the thought of working from somewhere other than the office is fast becoming the norm.

Remote work basically describes any type of work that doesn’t have to be done in a traditional company office. Remote workers can do their jobs anywhere in the world – including their home or a co-working space, as long as it’s a place where they have access to high-speed internet. And it’s that internet speed which helps decide where we choose to remotely work from.

But the question is, if you choose anywhere in the world to remotely work from, where would it be? Sadly it seems here in South Wales we don’t come out too well.

Remote Working is the new norm

Based on some of the biggest factors people consider when working remotely like WiFi speeds, co-working space cost and accommodation cost, this 2021 study by OVO Network makes it easy for digital nomads to choose their next destination.

Working remotely seems to be here to stay with government data predicting that 26% of us plan to work from home after the pandemic has departed us.

This new way of working has opened up a range of possibilities for the modern worker, none less than combining one’s passion for travel and work. Luckily, Europe has a wealth of perfect remote working locations.

The Top Two

Krakow, Poland, is Europe’s best city for remote workers to work from. The city has WiFi speeds which eclipse European averages by 23% and UK averages by 37%, meaning that people can stay connected easier despite being hundreds of miles away.

Krakow – The Main Square.

Krakow also has some of the cheapest co-working spaces in Europe with monthly passes coming in at the equivalent of under £85 a month. This surpasses the UK average prices – £210 – by 71% and European average prices – equivalent of £152 – by 57%.

Whether it has something to do with the 80s classic by Ultravox, or just its sheer beauty, Austria’s capital Vienna is revealed as the second best city in Europe for remote workers. Digital nomads can expect much of the same from Vienna as Krakow. The cost of living is less than the UK and European averages but a tad more expensive than the overall champion, Krakow.

Co-working spaces are £40 cheaper than the UK per month and, like Krakow, the WiFi speeds are 23% faster than the European average and 37% quicker than the UK average.

Co-Working Spaces

Businesses who are looking to keep the office off the monthly expenditure list are more than likely considering co-working spaces for their employees. Notable cities include Antwerp, Belgrade and Palermo where these spaces are less than £85 per month.

Swiss cities are the places to avoid if the budget is tight. Tthe top three most expensive cities for co-working spaces are Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne coming in at around £350 a month.

Zurich and the River Limmat

The Ideal Zoom Background

Of course if you’re working from a different city, country or even continent you’re bound to have to jump on Zoom, Teams or Skype calls regularly. But which cities are the best to pop your laptop in front of you and have that background we can only dream of?

Well, if it is a beach city you are after then Valencia – 12th overall – is where you should be heading to. Co-working space comes in at £160 a month with Airbnbs costing under £850 for a month’s stay, WiFi speeds are also quicker than UK averages.

Skopje, North Macedonia, has been named the best city with a mountain backdrop – and 20th overall. The capital city has incredibly cheap co-working space at £60 a month and WiFi speed which beats the UK average. Transport passes and gym memberships in Skopje are also significantly lower than UK and European averages making it a perfect alternative which covers all bases.

North Macedonia

The Bottom Five

At the other end of the scale in the study, OVO Network have also revealed where people should be looking to avoid if they’re wanting to work remotely.

Naples ranks as the worst place for digital nomads with a poor safety rating, a WiFi speed 45% below the European average and co-working space at a cost of around £240 – 43% higher than European averages.

Sheffield, London, Bilbao and Rostov make up the bottom five cities for digital nomads with consistently poor results across the board.

Overall, here are the best and worst cities by each factor.

FactorBest CityWorst City
Average Monthly Rent CostBanja LukaLondon
Average Monthly AirBnB CostAlicanteCardiff
Average Gym Membership CostDniproLausanne
Average Internet SpeedDublinAthens
Average Co-Working Space CostLvivGeneva
Average Monthly Transport Pass CostLuxembourgLondon
Crime IndexZurichCoventry
OverallKrakowNaples
Cardiff (we still love working here)

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