The pandemic didn’t just spawn a new era of WFH — millions of people can now work from anywhere in the world, and statistics show that they are increasingly doing that.
Described as people who want to “travel the world, finding themselves while making a substantial wage,” the number of digital nomads in the United States post-pandemic has more than doubled. According to Forbes, there are more than 35 million work-from-anywhere travelers worldwide.
As more countries open back up, you might be wondering about the best places to take advantage of the flexibility and freedom of remote work — and take in some sights while you’re at it. A recent study from the legal counseling company UpCounsel has a list of possibilities for digital nomads looking for a change of scenery.
We’ve compiled the top five countries to work from below, determined by UpCounsel using an index score that takes into account the U.N.’s Human Development Index, migrant population and passport regulations.
The hot tourist destination has almost 200 visa-free locations to visit, according to the poll. The luxurious hotels and stunning architecture that define Singapore come at a high price, but with a Human Index Score of about 95/100, it also boasts a high quality of life thanks in part to the robust healthcare and education systems residents have access to.
A country that boasts a large English-speaking population, US citizens also don’t have to worry about a maze of bureaucratic red tape that often accompanies extended international travel. Rather than applying for a visa, Digital Nomad World (a website that caters specifically to remote workers) says you can skip directly to getting a residence permit.
The country’s exemplary Human Index Score brings it to the top of the list of places to relocate to. The mandatory healthcare (expensive, but high-quality), lush greenery and stunning views are just a few of the side benefits of calling Switzerland a solid remote-working destination.
According to UpCounsel, international migrants make up almost half of Luxembourg’s population, so the country is well equipped to house digital nomads. With a relatively easy entry process, and flexibility for travelers who go in and out, the high taxes are worth it for many.
Along with its abundance of scenic getaways, Sweden’s residents have some of the longest life expectancies in the world and have access to both free health care and college education. A healthy economy and an emphasis on promoting income equality are a boon for remote workers, too.