Athens Emerges as a Top City for Remote Workers


Key Takeaways

  • Athens ranks 17th worldwide for remote work accessibility.
  • The city outpaces Wellington and Bangkok but trails behind Budapest and Oslo.
  • Barcelona leads the list with Dubai, Prague, Madrid, and Melbourne following.

Athens, Greece–Athens shines in the remote work arena, positioned 17th globally, indicating a trend where the historic city is not just a tourist destination but also a digital nomad’s haven.

WorkMotion’s Insightful Findings

According to an Ekathimerini report, Athens’ favorable ranking comes from comprehensive research by WorkMotion, which evaluated the remote work viability based on visas, infrastructure, safety, healthcare, housing, transportation, taxes, and living costs.

Remote Work Meets Vacation

The Greek capital is increasingly favored by those seeking a balance between work obligations and vacation vibes, an approach gaining traction since the pandemic.

Athenian Attractions

Athens scores highly for its lifestyle offerings, healthcare access, and quality yet affordable transportation. The digital nomad visa, introduced in 2021, further enhances its appeal.

Housing and Living Affordability

In terms of housing costs and basic necessities, Athens stands out as relatively affordable, ranking well among the 85 cities surveyed.

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Challenges in Taxation

Despite its many perks, Athens faces challenges with taxation and social security contributions, placing it lower on the list at 63rd.

What We Think

Athens’ combination of historical allure and modern conveniences makes it an attractive hub for digital nomads. 

The city’s efforts to adapt to the needs of remote workers, coupled with its lifestyle and infrastructural advantages, are commendable. 

However, there’s room for improvement in taxation and social contributions to make Athens an even more competitive choice for global remote workers.


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