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10 digital nomad friendly cities to set down your laptop for a change of scenery

Want to escape to a place where they’ll welcome freelancers? Check out these locations below.

Although the global job landscape has been disturbed after months of lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic has knocked the door down for more freelance and remote-friendly work for professionals of all generations. As a growing number of companies are embracing teleworking as the new norm, a recent study by Carphone Warehouse reveals the following 10 most freelance-friendly cities in the world.

Researchers have analysed 10 different metrics to classify 30 cities that offer the best quality of life for freelance workers.

Among them are employment rate, monthly income, rent, public transportation, healthcare, the number of co-working spaces, and internet speeds. The top city for professionals seeking a portfolio career? Austin, Texas: which ranks high on parameters like employment rate, monthly salary, and the overall quality of life.

Chiang Mai, Berlin, and Barcelona are also among the most freelance-friendly cities in the world, all of them performing well when it comes to employment rate, internet speeds and the overall quality of life. Cities in emerging economies like Bangladesh, Kenya, and Egypt consistently rank low on various parameters, including internet speeds as well as leisure activities and quality of life.

However, Cairo ranks the third cheapest city to live for freelancers in terms of monthly rent, coming after Lahore in Pakistan and Dhaka in Bangladesh. More surprisingly, the Indian capital has the highest number of co-working spaces (714) among the cities on the list.

Delhi is followed by London and Hong Kong, where freelancers can pick their new office corner out of 509 and 422 co-working spaces, respectively. While Melbourne, Amsterdam, Toulouse, and Montréal score healthily for quality of life, Austin boasts an impressive performance scoring top marks for both leisure activities and quality of life. Thinking to look for a change in scenery, laptop in tow? Below is the top 10 list of most freelance-friendly cities if you’re considering making moving:

1. Austin, United States

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

3. Berlin, Germany

4. Barcelona, Spain

5. Melbourne, Australia

6. Toulouse, France

7. Montréal, Canada

8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

9. Medellín, Colombia

10. Oslo, Norway

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This article is published via AFP Relaxnews.