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The Best Places in Europe for Digital Nomads



a digital nomad working from his laptop in a beach
Cost of living and safety were measured to rank the best places in Europe for digital nomads | Photo: David Espina

Digital nomads are location-independent individuals who pursue the nomadic way and work remotely, telecommuting instead of physically being at a company’s office. It has become increasingly popular amidst the Pandemic for people to pursue roles in companies that allow remote work. Some classic examples of remote-possible positions are in marketing, computer science, and writing.

Digital nomads often travel the world while living in different cities, experiencing new cultures and environments. A quote by author Stephen Covey goes, “Live your life by a compass not a clock,” which perfectly encapsulates the mindset of many digital nomads looking to explore the world’s beauty while building wealth from their laptops.

In this article, I’m going to share with you 5 of the best cities in Europe for digital nomads. In creating this list, I will be looking at cities that offer affordability, safety, workability, and lots of places for exploration.

Lagos is an incredible little town and one of the most visited ones In Portugal. It’s located in the southern Algarve region of the country and offers some beautiful sandy beaches, stunning historical architecture, and plenty of sunshine!

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos is a safe city full of internet-friendly cafés and co-working spaces to spend your working hours. In your downtime, you can enjoy an action-packed day of surf lessons and cliff jumping or opt for a more relaxing stroll on the beach and a visit to some local restaurants.

A survey was done by that estimates the cost of living to be roughly $1,229 per month for one person, making it an extremely affordable destination for workers coming from larger cities with higher monthly incomes.

Zagreb, Croatia

I may be a bit biased, being a Croatian myself, but Zagreb is an excellent choice for any digital nomad looking for their next destination. The city is both safe and welcoming to tourists that visit from all over the world each year.

Recently, Croatia released a new residence visa to attract digital nomads and remote workers. If accepted, a permit holder can reside in Croatia for up to 1 year. In addition, the cost of living in Zagreb is estimated to be roughly $1,300 per month, including accommodation. This is a very reasonable sum to have the chance to enjoy the many perks that Zagreb has to offer.

The city is vivacious during the winter and attracts plenty of young people interested in its thriving nightlife, museum-hopping, and the chance to enjoy delicious foods. In the summer, you are only a short distance from many of Croatia’s beautiful coastal cities, like Dubrovnik and Split, where you’ll find bright blue water and stunning beaches.

Prague, Czech Republic

The next city to make my list is the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Prague is home to medieval villages, castles, art, and remarkable architecture that makes it seem as though you are living in a picture-perfect fairy tale. On top of this, it is known for having high-speed Internet and being expensive by western standards. A typical person might only spend $1,300 USD to live comfortably in the city.

Prague is one of the safest cities in Europe, with highly trained police officers and low crime rates compared to most other large European cities. A typical day in Prague might be spent walking through the old town and enjoying the sight of massive cathedrals and castles that make up its historic core.

The food is equally enticing, with traditional pastries, savoury goulash, or a cold beer at one of Prague’s many lively bars. If this flourishing city isn’t on your nomadic list yet, you have to do some rearranging!

Low crime rates and affordable cost of living makes Budapest an attractive destination for remote workers | Photo: Ljubomir Žarković

Budapest, Hungary

The once-communist country of Hungary may have a dark past, but they’ve done wonders to rejuvenate the country and attract tourists to some of its beautiful cities. Budapest is no exception and boasts luxurious architecture and fun activities for an affordable price.

Budapest has a very vibrant nightlife and is safe for tourists and digital nomads alike. Nonetheless, as in any city, it’s important to take precautions and not fall victim to pickpocketing or theft.

The city has fast Wi-Fi speeds, with plenty of cafes and co-working spaces that give you the chance to get work done and enjoy a delicious coffee in the process. The weather is warm in the summer and cold in the winter, but you can fill your days with trips to trendy ruin bars or thermal baths to warm up. If budget is a concern, Budapest is a great choice, and the average traveller might expect to spend around $1,100 USD per month on food, accommodation, and activities.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a bit lower down on this list, not for lack of beauty and character, but it can be pricier than the other cities I have included. You can expect to pay around $2,500 to $3,000 monthly (rent included) if you want to live in the city centre.

Nonetheless, Edinburgh is a truly vibrant place that attracts many young people from around the world wanting to study, freelance, or work remotely from the city. The nightlife is constantly bustling and, during the day, you can enjoy many hikes, outdoor gardens and museums throughout the city.

Edinburgh is incredibly safe and has a great working environment for nomads that need a strong Wi-Fi connection and a quiet place to sit down and work. You’ll find plenty of co-working spaces and cafes that cater to digital nomads and remote workers.

If you’re looking for a diversely populated, energetic city you should, without a doubt, be adding Edinburgh to your list!

Final Thoughts

I hope that after reading about a few of these incredible cities, you are excited to start travelling and immersing yourself in the many cultures and environments our world has to offer.  Kindness can go a long way when adapting to a new community, so spread positivity and educate yourself on whichever city you choose to explore. The locals will appreciate your efforts toward embracing their culture and respecting their city.

I am a Canadian copywriter and marketing consultant that seeks to help business owners and entrepreneurs attain their goals and reach their targeted communities. I am also an avid traveler and book enthusiast.


The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project announces 50 nominees



Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project
Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day 2023, Häagen-Dazs launched ‘The Rose Project’, a global initiative with a $100,000 (USD) bursary grant inviting nominations to recognise unsung trailblazing women in honour of the brand’s female co-founder Rose Mattus. Yesterday, 23 November, on what would have been Rose Mattus’ birthday, Häagen-Dazs announced the top 50 #WomenWhoDontHoldBack nominees being shortlisted for their achievements and its five globally accomplished Häagen-Dazs Rose Project judges.

Over 2,500 applications were received for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project putting forward pioneering efforts and societal contributions made by women across the globe. From these, 50 talented and inspirational women have been shortlisted and will be put forward to win one of five monetary grants of $20,000 (USD), which will be announced on International Women’s Day 2024, to continue their exceptional work, unleash their potential or give to a cause they are passionate about. The top 50 shortlist includes women from 17 countries hailing from across Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Australia and the Americas.

The all-female judging panel from across the world has been handpicked for the final selection stage of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project includes. UK-based author, broadcaster and philanthropist Katie Piper, fashion entrepreneur and advocate for women’s fertility issues, Velda Tan from Singapore and Spanish entrepreneur and creative director Inés Arroyo, are amongst the judges.

“International Women’s Day 2023 marked the launch of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project to honour the legacy of our co-founder, Rose Mattus, and create a fund platform to provide opportunities to women across all fields around the world who are truly deserving of support and recognition. We were thrilled to receive thousands of nominations across countries and our #WomenWhoDontHoldBack Top 50 shortlist is a compelling and diverse mosaic of trailblazing female narratives that moved us and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere”, says Aurélie Lory, Häagen-Dazs spokesperson.

To find out more about the story of each entrepreneur shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project, visit:

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47% of women feel their workplace is not combatting inequality



Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 | Photo: Eóin Noonan/Web Summit

The proportion of women who feel that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality has nearly doubled in a year, a new survey has revealed.

Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event taking place in Lisbon this week, has released its third annual State of Gender Equity in Tech report, which is based on a survey distributed among its women in tech community.

76.1 percent of respondents feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position; fewer respondents (41.8 %) feel the need to choose between family and career when compared to 2022 (50.4 %); and there is at least one woman in a senior management position in 80.4 percent of respondents’ companies, a similar proportion to last year (81.3%).

The survey found that 70.5 percent of respondents feel pressure to prove their worth compared to male counterparts, while 77.2 percent feel they need to work harder to prove themselves because of their gender.

Over three quarters of respondents (76.1 %) feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position. And almost half of respondents think that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality, increasing from 26 percent in 2022 to 47
percent in 2023.

“While it is encouraging to see progress in some areas, such as those feeling the need to choose between their family and career, there are also some deeply concerning trends within this report. Seeing an increase in those who report having experienced sexism in the workplace in the last year is disheartening in 2023. We hope that this kind of research can breed some positives, and that it will push workplaces – and women within these workplaces – to broach these topics and make progress in these areas,” said Carolyn Quinlan, VP of community at Web Summit.

Last year, 42 percent of attendees at Web Summit were women and 33 percent of speakers were women. In 2023 these numbers have slightly improved with 43 percent of attendees and 38 percent of speakers on stage being women this year.

The women in tech programme at this year’s Web Summit is at capacity, and the women in tech programme at Web Summit Rio 2023 reached capacity in record time.

The WebSummit 2023 is running from November 13th to 16th in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Krispy Kreme to give away free donuts on World Kindness Day



A box of Krispy Kreme donuts opened and with donuts inside
The company, founded in 1937, is giving away 60,000 free doughnuts around the world today | Photo: Clément Proust

American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, Krispy Kreme, is celebrating “World Kindness Day” today by distributing free donuts in the US and the UK.

The chain is giving away a box of a dozen glazed donuts for free with no purchase necessary. But only the first 500 guests that visit each participating Krispy Kreme US stores on “World Kindness Day”, Monday November 13th, will be able to get a free box of donuts.

Krispy Kreme often gives away free or discounted donuts to generate buzz on special occasions. The company, founded in 1937, traditionally gives out free donuts to customers on National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June of each year. And in July, a dozen of glazed donuts were sold for 86 cents to celebrate its 86th birthday.

Thousands of free donuts are also expected to be given away today across Krispy Kreme stores in the United Kingdom, with customers being encouraged to ask for the World Kindness Day offer. No purchase necessary.

The company, which operates in over 30 countries around the world, said it wants the brand associated with World Kindness Day to make “meaningful connections” with customers.

“World Kindness Day is an opportunity to make a positive difference by being generous,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s global chief brand officer, said in a release. “Simple gestures of caring and thanks, including sharing a sweet treat, is a great way to do that.”

Krispy Kreme said that it’s considering expanding a limited partnership it has with McDonald’s to sell more of its donuts at the latter’s location.

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