Digital Nomads are not tourists and officials in several countries should stop treating them like tourism projects. They are an intelligent and tech-savvy workforce that moves from country to country. Tourists tend to spend a certain amount of money and avoid working when they are visiting a location. On the other hand, digital nomads usually produce money while working remotely and spend a big portion of their income in their living location.
In the last 7 years, more and more people are working remotely than ever before. Also, we see many individuals move around the world in order to work in companies for a short period of time.
With the help of technology, such as project management projects have become a new trend of professional careers. The need for experts in specific digital fields keeps growing every year. In other words, we have officially entered the era of a new bread of workforce, The Digital Nomads Tribe.
About Digital Nomads Lifestyle
Working as a digital nomad has many benefits. Firstly you have the ability to travel more often and stay longer in faraway places. That forms the opportunity to meet new cultures and bond with locals that have a completely different background.
Digital nomad working life although it can be challenging it is also liberating. Digital Nomads are free to choose how and when they work. There is no “show your face” office time. They choose their working hours. This allows them to channel their work through their adventures and experiences. And that builds a sense of freedom.
Besides the general feeling, there is also evidence of numbers that prove how and where Digital Nomads move from country to country. At the time this article was written the final list was:
In 2020, 36 cities on the European continent had enough respondents to qualify for the Expat City Ranking:
- 1. Valencia, Spain
- 2. Alicante, Spain
- 3. Lisbon, Portugal
- 6. Málaga, Spain
- 9. Madrid, Spain
- 11. Graz, Austria
- 13. Nice, France
- 16. Vienna, Austria
- 17. Moscow, Russia
- 18. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
- 23. Prague, Czechia
- 24. Basel, Switzerland
- 25. Barcelona, Spain
- 26. Dusseldorf, Germany
- 27. Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 28. Lausanne, Switzerland
- 29. Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- 31. The Hague, Netherlands
- 32. Brussels, Belgium
- 33. Hamburg, Germany
- 35. Tallinn, Estonia
- 36. Helsinki, Finland
- 37. Zurich, Switzerland
- 41. Munich, Germany
- 43. Budapest, Hungary
- 44. Berlin, Germany
- 45. Stockholm, Sweden
- 46. Copenhagen, Denmark
- 48. Geneva, Switzerland
- 49. Stuttgart, Germany
- 50. Athens, Greece
- 51. London, UK
- 58. Dublin, Ireland
- 61. Paris, France
- 63. Milan, Italy
- 65. Rome, Italy
>>> In case you wish to dig deeper into the numbers while planning your next trip to Greece, then you should have a look at this live ranking website Nomad List, showing the true local conditions for each city separately.
>>> Another global survey by CircleLoop revealed almost the same results. This year has been the ultimate remote working year, right? The vast majority of the people were found locked into their homes working for longer hours and doing everything through a digital screen. That forced many to reconsider the quality of their life.
In the last 4 months of 2020, there was a huge traffic search related to the digital nomad lifestyle and the best cities to work in the world. The ongoing rise in the need to work from home has transformed the way we prioritize our needs. Now people are looking for solutions that combine health safety, easy internet access, and financial motives able to encourage them to move to another country.
Digital nomads have to face the struggle of not knowing if they will find a new contract for the next months. They live under uncertainty and can not plan ahead. If they want to plan for buying a house, they will face hard obstacles on the way. Starting with their main home address or their last occupation.
Life has its ups and downs. When you on the road and a health issue appears, a digital nomad may have serious difficulties in finding proper healthcare support. Not to mention that health insurance is not always included in contracts. Also, sometimes becomes hard to keep the cash flow coming, because it is not always easy to maintain a continuous flow of work.
Therefore it is wise to connect with local digital nomads communities before you move into your next destination. See here for digital nomad communities in Greece.
Digital Nomads in Greece
On 2 December 2020, Greece’s parliament passed a new law allowing digital nomads to half their income tax. This makes Greece one of the strongest players in the Digital Nomad Attention Economy in Europe.
If you can work from anywhere, why not work from Greece? Now you also have a very good reason to relocate with this new law that allows newly settled foreigners to pay half their income tax over the next seven years. From January 2021, the plan will be open to both employed and self-employed entrepreneurs as long as they have not previously been tax residents of Greece or replace an existing job in the country. Read more details about the new law in this article.
Despite the fact the traveling wasn’t an easy task during these last months, there are some brave Digital Nomads that have relocated to Athens in the heart of the pandemic. As Amanda Dardanis says, “the word is out that Athens – with its winter sun and sea, warm nature, affordability and strategic location – makes an unbeatable base to weather the pandemic.”
We all have engaged in discussions about how much working culture has changed. Now, the new reality has established that remote-working is the new king. Most professionals are totally dependent on the internet for their living, also support that this newborn freedom of working out of the office makes Athens one of the top remote-working destinations in Europe.
Athens is rising as a lovable destination for digital nomads for quite some time now. In the last 7 years more people prefer to spend at least 1-4 months in Greece, starting their journey from Athens.
The latest boom in start-ups, incubators and shared workspaces has attracted top-tier professionals and all kinds of experts. There are plenty of trendy co-working spaces gathering the best international generation of businesses, from tech start-ups to social entrepreneurship. This ongoing trend has formed a digital nomad community, where it shares a common culture of innovation and pioneering ideas. In Athens, you can find several high tech co-working spaces for your remote working business. This list of great co-working spaces is quite handy.
The short list is available here:
- Impact Hub—Psirri
- Selina Theatrou—Omonia
- The Cube—Historic Centre
- Stone Soup—Omonia
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
The ultimate communication tool between Digital Nomads is Facebook. Especially Facebook groups focusing on digital nomad spirit and lifestyle. In Athens, one of the most active Facebook groups is Digital Nomad Athens. The founder Evi Missa of this super active Facebook group has done everything in her power to create an essential source of information for everything from finding a place to live, to entrepreneurship grants and your nearest pub.