Greece is not yet the ideal destination for digital nomads, according to a study

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Slow internet, poor connectivity and lagging social and economic conditions are pushing Greece off the wish lists of digital nomads, according to the Global Remote Work Index recently published by cybersecurity experts NorthLayer.

Specifically, despite good scores for climate and cybersecurity, Greece is ranked 32n/a on a list of 66 countries dominated by Germany, Denmark, the United States, Spain and Lithuania.

Eight of the 10 most attractive countries in the world for teleworkers were in Europe.

However, despite the Greek government’s continued efforts to attract digital nomads and increase tourism revenue, Greece still has a long way to go. The country main advantages according to the report are the good quality of life, mild climate and natural environment.

Greece has also done very well in terms of cybersecurity, ranking 5e between 66 countries as well as infrastructure capacity and response to cyber threats.

GRWI: Cybersecurity, Top 10 ranking

However, dragging Greece down the list are the delayed development of a fiber optic network and the communication costs as good as social and economic conditions and digital and physical infrastructure who found Greece at 44e and 49e places respectively on the list behind Turkey.

Other performance indices included the response and management of Covid-19, where Greece came in 34e square; legal framework; general feeling of safety; tourist attractiveness; level of English used; and the cost of living and health.

Earlier this year, Greece’s Tourism Ministry struck a deal with digital payment company Visa to bring its executives to Greece, where they will work remotely as part of the ministry’s ongoing Digital Nomads initiative. Among other things, the Greek authorities are also planning to launch a special visa that will facilitate the movement of digital nomads.

Similar data released last year at the 1st Digital Mobilities Conference organized by the Observatory of Digital Nomads revealed that while digital nomads were preparing for Greece, there was still a lot to do.

Keita Yamada, 33, Japanese: Customer support at Doist, a global remote work facilitator.

Photo: This is Athens / Thomas Gravanis

According to research firm Gartner, after the Covid-19 epidemic, remote or hybrid work has increased. In 2019, remote workers accounted for 17% of the global total, rising to 32% (telecommuting) and 51% (hybrid) in 2021. The results indicate that by the end of 2022, more than half of employees in Europe ( 52%) will work from a distance. Some key takeaways from the report: Qatar was found to be the safest country, South Korea has the fastest internet, and Israel the most affordable internet.


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