Ranked: Best Global Destinations for Remote Workers

Remote launches global rankings of the world’s best destinations for remote workers based on a range of factors.

Revealed: World’s Best Destinations for Remote Workers


Remote, a global HR startup that helps companies pay and manage international workers, today released a first-of-its-kind Best Destinations for Remote Work report that showcases the top 100 global destinations for remote workers, along with unique insights into location-specific incentives. The report is paired with an interactive tool and database with information on hundreds of cities across the world for users to create personalised rankings on where to work remotely based on their individual preferences.

Remote’s “Best Destinations for Remote Work” is an in-depth statistical analysis and evaluation of every country in the world and all 50 U.S. states across seven relevant categories: internet infrastructure, attractiveness, safety, quality of life, openness, cost of living, and special incentives for remote workers. To inform overall scores and rankings, Remote incorporated user-defined weights to each of the seven categories.

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Top Scoring Destinations


When attributing equal weights to all seven components, the top 10 destinations for remote work are:

1)    Toronto, Canada

2)    Madrid, Spain

3)    Auckland, New Zealand

4)    Madeira, Portugal

5)    Helsinki, Finland

6)    Svalbard, Norway

7)    Berlin, Germany

8)    Valparaiso, Chile

9)    Dublin, Ireland

10) Sydney, Australia


Looking specifically at European countries, the top 10 destinations for remote work are:

1)    Madrid, Spain

2)    Madeira, Portugal

3)    Helsinki, Finland

4)    Svalbard, Norway

5)    Berlin, Germany

6)    Dublin, Ireland

7)    Stockholm, Sweden

8)    Valletta, Malta

9)    Bucharest, Romania

10) Copenhagen, Denmark


Low Scoring London


London ranks low down the list in 78th place. Whilst London scored high for openness, safety and the quality of life, London’s overall score was brought down due to the increased cost of living in the UK city versus other global destinations.


Incentive Schemes


From the research, it was revealed that many countries and their respective cities offer tempting incentive schemes.  Aruba offers the best incentives for digital nomads through its “One Happy Workation” program.

In Europe, Italian region Emilia-Romagna has the largest cash incentive, paying young families (under 40 years old) almost £25,000 to relocate.

Although none of the top 10 cities were located in the U.S., Topeka, Kansas, provides up to £3,660  in funds to rent in one’s first year and up to £7,340 in funds for a home purchase as a relocation incentive. Similarly, Colorado grants employers cash awards for each remote worker employed in an eligible rural county outside the county where the project is based.

“For a long time, workers were restricted to living near major urban hubs if they wanted to access the best job opportunities. The freedom to work from anywhere opens the door for employees to choose their home – or travel – without compromising their work,” said Remote’s CEO and co-founder Job van der Voort. “With so many possibilities, our interactive ranking tool aims to find the perfect destination for everyone based on what they value most. We’re excited to share this truly global database and interactive tool to empower remote workers and global employers.”