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The rise of modern technology has allowed many jobs to become more flexible, which means that remote working has grown in popularity across the globe. Powwownow has conducted research to reveal the best 15 cities around the world for remote working.

Inspired by the top 15 cities listed in InterNation’s Expat City Ranking Report, Powwownow has analysed the cost of living, average monthly salary, internet speed, price of coffee, and cost of public transport in different places across the world to reveal the best locations for those who work remotely.

Cities were individually scored on each factor and ranked by the total number of points, to calculate the top 15 cities around the world, with Prague topping the list.

Top 15 cities for remote workers based on the overall score:

Table 1 – Each city has been scored based on the five ranking factors. 15 points were available for each factor, with 15 being the best and 1 the worst. (Maximum score attainable is 75)

Prague revealed as the best city for remote working

Calculating an overall ranking for each city, Prague was revealed to be the best city worldwide for remote workers. As well as a considerably low cost of living, the city falls within the Schengen zone, meaning EU citizens don’t need to apply for a visa to work here, making the Czech capital an ideal hub for digital nomads.

Ellen Holcombe, a freelance copywriter at Word Person explains:  “As a copywriter, the majority of my work can be done remotely (mainly down to things like Skype, Slack, and Google Docs). This means that I’m not limited in the clients I can work with – I’m not restricted to just those within driving distance.

“It also means that I can work with my clients from my studio that I share with other freelancers, from the other side of the world. For me, the ability to work remotely has allowed me to work on some amazing projects and done wonders for my work/life balance. Working for any of the top 15 cities would be ideal for me – as long as I have a nice cup of coffee and a strong Wi-Fi connection, I’m there!”

Stockholm revealed to have the fastest Internet

For remote workers, high internet speed is a necessity to ensure good communication and collaboration. With an average countrywide internet speed of 22.5mbps, Stockholm was revealed as the best city for super-fast connectivity.

In comparison, reports showed that internet speed in Johannesburg is at a mere 6.70mbps – nearly four times slower than the Swedish capital.

However, as the home to the cheapest coffee at just £1.44 per cup, Johannesburg could be great for remote workers who aren’t too dependent on speedy internet. With an array of affordable coffee shops and co-working spaces to choose from, South Africa’s biggest city can offer a great hub for remote workers who want to be somewhere that’s a little more ‘remote’.

Key points again:

  • Conference call provider Powwownow reveals Prague is the best city in the world for remote working.
  • London ranks as the 5th best city in the world for those who work remotely.
  • Zurich revealed as the city where people earn the highest wages, at £4,430 average monthly net salary.

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