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Five Digital Nomad Visas Available in Europe in 2023

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Nomad visas are allowing digital creators to live and work in some European countries between six months to five years | Photo: Vlada Karpovich

Digital nomadism allows you to travel and work while on the road. So, you could travel as much as you’d like throughout the year, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. Since COVID-19, more people are exploring the possibilities of remote work and some European countries are offering visas for digital nomads. This means you can live and work in any of these European countries between six months to five years while immersing yourself in their culture. Another huge benefit is that you can travel visa-free throughout the Schengen Area.

Here are five digital nomad visas you should consider in Europe in 2023. Most countries have similar entry requirements, such as showing proof of travel insurance and a clean criminal record. But there are country-specific requirements, outlined below.

Malta

Malta is perfect for you if you love the island vibes. This multicultural country has the Mediterranean Sea, sun, outdoor life and great internet connection. English is also their official language, so you won’t have any issues communicating. Since Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s close to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The visa will allow you to stay for up to a year with the possibility of renewing your visa.

Requirements:

  • Minimum income of €2,700 per month
  • You must earn a living through freelancing, remote work or be a business owner of a company outside of Malta
  • Have health insurance (this does not apply to British nationals)
  • Have a valid property rental or sale agreement
  • Pass a background check

How to apply: Send your application to nomad.residencymalta@gov.mt along with any supporting documentation. Click here for a checklist of documents you will need.

Application fee: €300

Portugal

Portugal offers a residency visa allowing you to live up to five years in the country. You may also be able to apply for Portuguese citizenship through naturalisation. This would also mean you become a non-habitual tax resident with a 100% income tax exemption. It’s important to note that while you may be able to live tax-free in Portugal, you may still have to pay taxes in your country of residence. 

Lisbon, Porto, Algarve and Madeira are all popular among digital nomads. There is even a village called Ponta do Sol that accommodates digital nomads and their work, social, well-being and leisure needs.

Requirements:

  • Minimum income of €2,800 per month
  • You must earn a living through freelancing, remote work or be a business owner outside of Portugal
  • You will need health insurance
  • Pass a criminal record check

How to apply: You can either apply at your nearest Portuguese embassy or online at the government’s E-Visa Portal.

Application fee: €90

Spain

Spain is a highly sought after tourist destination. It has great activities to offer, but is also one of the most affordable European countries. Since some digital nomads live abroad to save on the cost of living, Spain is a great contender. The country is planning on setting up a digital nomad visa allowing non-Europeans to live up to five years. Because Spain has great internet coverage almost all around the country, it’s tempting for nomads to settle for rural areas with lower rents. This visa is set to be released in 2023.

Requirements:

  • Minimum income is set to be around €2,000 per month
  • You must be a freelancer or remote worker for a company outside of Spain (no more than 20% of your income can be from Spanish firms)
  • Bank statements to prove you’re able to support yourself
  • Travel insurance is likely to be required

How to apply: While the details have not been officially released, it is predicted that you will be able to apply for this visa within 30 days of arrival in the country. The application form can be submitted online.

Application fee: The application fee is yet to be finalised.

Croatia

Not surprisingly, Croatia is on the rise among tourists and digital nomads. If you’re a fan of white sand beaches and sunshine, then Croatia is a great place to live. The country launched its residence permit in 2021. It’s a one-year permit allowing you to bring your close relatives with you. You can apply for the permit within three days of arriving in the country.

Requirements:

  • Minimum income of around €2,300 per month
  • Must work remotely or be employed by a company outside of Croatia
  • Proof of funds to support yourself during your stay
  • A clean criminal record
  • Proof of accommodation in Croatia
  • Proof of health insurance

How to apply: You can submit your application online here.

Application fee: Around €60.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is in the heart of Europe with easy access to the rest of Europe. You can travel easily by bus, train or plane. Weekly festivals and events in Prague mean you will never run out of things to experience. Prague is also a pet lover’s paradise. It’s one of the pet-friendliest cities in Europe and among the safest. Since many locals speak English, you don’t need to worry about communication issues. 

The Czech digital nomad visa is valid for six months to a year. It is possible to extend your digital nomad visa by extending your trading licence.

Requirements:

  • Proof of trade licence – this will allow you to work remotely while residing in the country
  • Have at least €5,500 cash in the bank account
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Clean criminal record
  • Health insurance

How to apply: You must apply at your nearest Czech embassy before entering the country. You can’t apply for a visa once you’re in the country.

Application fee: Around €40

Asma Mohseni is a freelance writer and editor specialising in personal finance, entrepreneurship and travel topics. She’s also a keen adventure traveller seeking the less travelled paths.

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Samsung’s ‘Newfound Equilibrium’ design exhibition closes today

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“Newfound Equilibrium" is showcasing the brand’s user-centered design philosophy

Samsung Electronics today announced that it will hold its design exhibit at Milan Design Week’s Fuorisalone 2024 from April 16 to 21.

A design exhibition located at Le Cavallerizze, in the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, Italy, will come to an end this evening.

Samsung’s Corporate Design Center’s exhibition, “Newfound Equilibrium,” is showcasing the brand’s user-centered design philosophy, “Samsung Design Identity 5.0: Essential∙Innovative∙Harmonious.

“Design must fully take the human experience into consideration, and Samsung’s design principles achieve this,” says TM Roh, President and Head of Corporate Design Center at Samsung Electronics. “With our human-centered design philosophy, we aim to create a future that harmonizes with the lives of our customers through innovation with purpose.”

The multi-sensory experience, featuring immersive installations, guides visitors through five spaces that express Samsung’s design identity. The spaces are titled “Essence,” “Innovation,” “Harmony,” “Infinite Dream” and “New Dawning.” As visitors approach the screens in the spaces, translucent elements change into specific shapes and textures, and the shapes beyond the window appear as if they are approaching onlookers, allowing them to immerse themselves in the dream of an infinite future drawing nearer.

Through collaborations with the human craftsmanship of ceramic masters MUTINA, and wood veneer wizards ALPI, the Bespoke Refrigerator and AirDresser have also been reimagined considering the co-existence of people and technology.

Samsung’s “Newfound Equilibrium” exhibition is located at Via Olona, 6 bis, Milan and offers free entry until 6 PM today.

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10 European travel influencers to follow on Instagram in 2024

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84% of adults in the United States turned to travel content creators for recommendations when planning their trips.

They seem to be living the best lives, always jumping from one city to another and sipping cocktails while posting photos of sunsets.

Welcome to the travel influencer world, one of the most popular niches for content creators across the web. And while taking perfect pictures of their whereabouts, influencers continue to inspire even those traveling on a less generous budget: a 2023 study revealed that a remarkable 84% of adults in the United States turned to travel content creators for recommendations when planning their trips.

With 2 billion monthly active users, Instagram remains one of the favourite social media platforms for travel influencers to share their latest adventures – despite decreasing engagement and the ever-changing algorithm game.

Pack your luggage. Here is a curated list of 10 European travel influencers to follow on Instagram in 2024.

Murad Osmann

@muradosmann

Dubai-based Murad Osmann gained fame for his “Follow Me To” series, where he captures stunning travel moments as his wife leads him by the hand to iconic destinations worldwide. Named by Forbes a top influencer to follow, his photos offer a unique perspective on popular landmarks and showcase the beauty of different cultures.

Jack Morris

@jackmorris

Jack is a British travel originally from a town called Bolton, near Manchester. When he left high school at 17 he started working as a carpet cleaner and did this up until he turned 21.  Nowadays, he is mostly known for photography and adventurous spirit. His Instagram account showcases stunning landscapes and destinations, encouraging followers to explore the world and embrace new experiences.

Leonie Hanne

@leoniehanne

Leonie is a German fashion and travel influencer known for her impeccable style and luxurious travel experiences. Her Instagram feed features glamorous photos from high-end destinations across Europe, providing inspiration for both fashion and travel enthusiasts.

Christina Tan

@sassychris1

Christina, a Swedish travel influencer, is known for her captivating landscape photography and adventurous spirit. Her Instagram feed features stunning shots from her travels across Europe and beyond, inspiring followers to explore new destinations and embrace the beauty of nature. Named top 25 hotel influencer 2024.

Louis Cole

@louiscole

Louis is a British filmmaker and travel vlogger known for his adventurous spirit and positive energy. Through his Instagram account and YouTube channel, he documents his global travels and encourages followers to pursue their passions and embrace the world around them.

Janni Olsson Delér

@jannid

Janni, a Swedish fashion and travel influencer, shares her glamorous travel experiences with her followers through her Instagram account and blog. Her stylish photos and travel tips provide inspiration for fashion-forward travelers seeking luxury experiences around the world.

Tom Jauncey

@tomjauncey

Tom, a Scottish travel influencer and founder of Beautiful Destinations, shares breathtaking travel photography and videos from around the world. Through his Instagram account and media platform, he promotes sustainable travel and encourages followers to discover the beauty of our planet.

Anna Everywhere

@anna.everywhere

Anna Karsten is a Polish travel blogger and influencer known for her vibrant and diverse travel content. Her Instagram feed showcases stunning photos from destinations around the world, along with insightful travel tips and recommendations.

Nelson Carvalheiro

@nelsoncarvalheiro

Nelson is a Portuguese travel and food influencer who showcases the best of Portugal and beyond. His Instagram feed is filled with mouthwatering food photos, scenic landscapes, and cultural insights that celebrate the beauty and diversity of travel.

Jeanne Damas

@jeannedamas

Jeanne is a French fashion and travel influencer known for her chic style and global adventures. Her Instagram feed features photos from destinations around the world, along with fashion inspiration and lifestyle content.

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TIFF announces Writers’ Studio Class of 2024

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Writers’ Studio will take place April 15–19, 2024, at TIFF Lightbox.

TIFF has unveiled the lineup for the 2024 Writers’ Studio, an annual program fostering the next generation of storytellers. This year marks the 13th edition of the collaborative, five-day intensive lab, designed to empower Canadian and international screenwriters and writer-directors. From a pool of more than 200 submissions, TIFF has selected a cohort Zhannat Alshanova, Aram Collier, Rebecca Fisseha, Sophie Jarvis, Amy Trefry, and Asia Youngman.

The Writers’ Studio is a space to consolidate skills, exchange ideas, and navigate challenges, while participating in workshops, artist talks, peer-to-peer mentorships, and one-on-one project development consultations guided by industry experts. Writers’ Studio will take place April 15–19, 2024, at TIFF Lightbox.

“Programs like the Writers’ Studio continue to ignite and drive talent, both in Canada and on the global stage,” said Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “At TIFF, our commitment to fostering new talent will continue to grow with a focus on providing industry expertise and unparalleled access to industry leaders, ensuring the program’s enduring impact year after year.”

This year’s lab will support the development of feature-film scripts through dedicated one-on-one discussions with international story consultants Trey Ellis and Christina Lazaridi. Additionally, the participants will engage in daily artist talks and workshops facilitated by renowned filmmakers and industry experts including Ashley Comeau, Brad Fraser, Howard Wiseman and Emma Donoghue. Canadian actors, Getenesh Berhe, Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Thomas Antony Olajide and Ajuawak Kapashesit, will join for a full-day workshop of the projects in development.

New this year, the Sloan Science and Technology Writer Fellowship will offer a project development grant and targeted creative support for one emerging to mid-level feature film screenwriter whose project explores themes of science and technology. This year’s selected recipient is Amy Trefry for her project Lenin’s Embalmers, co-written with playwright Vern Thiessen. Funding for this programme is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science and Technology program.

Now in its third year, the Renee Perlmutter Memorial Fellowship for Literary Adaptation provides a Writers’ Studio participant focusing on adapting literary work for the screen with an additional grant toward developing their project. This year’s Renee Perlmutter Memorial Fellow is Rebecca Fisseha, who is working on an adaptation of her own debut novel Daughters of Silence.

Four participants from the 2024 class will also be awarded a grant generously supported by CHANEL, through the CHANEL Women Creators’ Network, to further the development of their feature-length script.

Notable TIFF Talent alumni include filmmakers Meredith Hama-Brown (Seagrass), Fawzia Mirza (The Queen of My Dreams), D. W. Waterson, and Devery Kawennáhere Jacobs (Backspot), Pier-Philippe Chevigny (Richelieu), Jasmin Mozaffari (Motherland), Lillah Halla (Power Alley), Álvaro Gago Dias (Matria), and Johanna Pyykkö (My Wonderful Stranger). Following their involvement in TIFF Talent Development programmes, many of these filmmakers have gone on to present their films at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlinale, and Cannes.

2024 TIFF Writers’ Studio participant biographies:

Portrait of Zhannat Alshanova
Zhannat Alshanova (UK)
Present Perfect
Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhannat is a London-based writer, director, and producer. Her short films has been screened at numerous international film festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Locarno (Pardino d’Argento award for the Best Short Film). She is a London Film School (MA in Filmmaking) and Berlinale Talents alum.

Portrait of Aram Collier
Aram Collier (Canada)
Intro to Swimming
Aram’s feature, documentary, and experimental films have played festivals across North America and internationally. Collier is a mixed-race Asian Canadian/American originally from San Francisco, now based in Toronto, Canada. His Asian diasporic stories deal with race and class through a humanist lens of observed ironies.

Portrait of Rebecca Fisseha
Rebecca Fisseha (Canada)
Daughters of Silence
Rebecca Fisseha is an Ethiopian Canadian writer whose short stories, creative non-fiction, personal essays, and articles appear in various publications, most recently in Addis Ababa Noir, the Humber Literary Review, and Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language. Born in Addis Ababa and raised there and in Austria and Switzerland, Rebecca is now based in Toronto, where she is working on the screenplay adaptation of her first novel, Daughters of Silence (Goose Lane Editions, 2019), and on completing her second novel, Only Because It’s You (Doubleday Canada, Spring 2025). Fisseha is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s program in Writing for Film & Television.

Portrait of Sophie Jarvis
Sophie Jarvis (Canada)
Taking the Waters
Sophie Jarvis is a Swiss Canadian filmmaker whose feature debut Until Branches Bend (TIFF ’22, SXSW ’23, Locarno ’23) earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2023. Jarvis’ background as a production designer deeply informs her practice as a writer and director.

Portrait of Amy Trefry
Amy Trefry (Canada)
Lenin’s Embalmers
Amy Trefry is an emerging Canadian filmmaker, who elevates marginalized voices as a queer, non-binary storyteller. Their Masters in Environmental Sociology and upbringing on a Peregrine Falcon breeding facility fuel narratives entwining social and environmental themes. They are a 2022 graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, and were selected as one of ten emerging Canadian Television Producers by RDV Canada in 2021. Collaborating with playwright Vern Thiessin and guided by industry mentors, Trefry blends science and filmmaking, striving for cinematic inclusivity and representation.

Portrait of Asia Youngman
Asia Youngman (Canada)
Until It’s Time to Go
Asia Youngman is an award-winning Indigenous (Cree-Métis) filmmaker. She co-wrote, co-directed and executive produced I’m Just Here for the Riot (2023) for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Her previous short films include N’xaxaitk’w (2022) and This Ink Runs Deep (2019), both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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