A few weeks ago we talked about the Madeira’s digital nomad community, a village for those who want to work remotely. Now, a new study of the Netspick company has attempted to quantify the characteristics that make a city preferable for smart working.
The study examines three factors the authors believe are central to remote working and ranks 75 major cities based on their performance across all categories, including livability, climate, cost of living and equality.
The first category considered in the study is that of costs and infrastructure, which includes the number of housing available in the city and adequately sized to work from home, the cost of renting such housing, the quality and cost of a connection Internet in the city and the amount of income tax a worker living in that city would have to pay.
Based on the results, there is no perfect city in this category: Rio de Janeiro, which has the lowest cost of all the cities studied, does not score very good on the quality of Internet connections, while Singapore and Hong Kong, which have some of the more expensive accommodations, they have a low income tax and a good internet connection. And Reykjavik, with the best internet connections available, imposes heavy tax rates.
The second category, legislation and freedoms, examines how welcoming cities are to foreigners looking to work remotely. This includes fiscal and regulatory incentives, support for human rights and fundamental freedoms, general security and, in particular, support for gender equality and inclusion for minorities.
The study found that only a handful of cities, mainly located in Europe, offer a digital nomad or freelance visa, and few others in Asia have announced upcoming legislation. These cities, with the notable exception of Dubai, also perform well for the inclusion of minorities and LGBT rights. However, the results also show that these cities do not necessarily offer tax or regulatory incentives to smart working workers.
The study then took into account livability, i.e. factors such as the cost of living, health care, culture, climate and pollution, and added the COVID-19 vaccination rate and how the pandemic. Compared to nearly all other factors examined, the cities studied scored worse in vaccination rates and overall pandemic control across the board, indicating the difficulty many continue to face in adapting to the health crisis. However, cities in the United States tended to score higher on vaccination rates.
In contrast, most of the cities studied scored high in their health systems, with Canadian, Australian and Japanese cities leading the rankings. Pollution control was also good in all locations covered.
Finally, the study used the weighted average of scores in all categories to determine the overall ranking of the cities studied and concluded that Melbourne, Australia, is the best city in the world for remote work and living, followed by Dubai and Sydney, also in Australia. Italy does not shine, the first Italian city on the list is Rome, in 62nd place, followed shortly after by Bari.
Source: Il Blog di Beppe Grillo by beppegrillo.it.
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