This remote Norwegian island is among Top 10 digital nomad destination
In March 2020, our world was brought to a standstill. The crisis of epic proportions hit the globe and countries and cities in every corner of the world were forced to enter lockdowns. Everyone’s habits also changed.The health crisis also accelerated the transition to less standard work regimes, such as hybrid mode or completely remote work model.
The term “digital nomad” refers to professionals who travel between different countries throughout the year while running their businesses online. Whether they are on a lookout for vibrant cities and nightlife, warm climate gems or idyllic countryside serenity, Europe remains one of the most loved destinations for digital nomads.
The Adriatic heaven Croatia or Bohemian Prague have traditionally been popular among digital nomads. However, the trend of remote working has recently brought some new places to the spotlight. Surprisingly, Norway’s island of Svalbard was recently ranked 6th best digital nomads destination by Remote, an HR solutions startup.
“Work with a view, somewhere new”, Visit Norway states on its website. Svalbard is a Norwegian island where it’s freezing cold for most of the year and where there are almost as many polar bears as people. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited area is known for the polar night, which lasts from November until the end of January. During this time, there is no daylight in Svalbard, which draws numerous visitors from all around the world to witness the northern lights.
Four months of darkness, dangerous wild animals roaming the area and freezing cold temperatures. Does not exactly sound like digital nomads’ heaven? There is much more to it. According to Pointship, immigrants from more than 50 countries make up around a third of the nearly 3000 people who live in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital. Citizens of any country are allowed to reside in Svalbard without a visa as long as they have a job and a place to live.
That means that everyone who wishes to try working remotely from a very unique destination is welcome to come to Svalbard. It is possible to apply for a long-term digital nomad visa with no expiration date, allowing remote workers to stay as long as they like. Even though Svalbard is part of Norway, it is exempt from the Immigration Act, making this place a unique visa-free zone open to nationals of all countries.
There are more remote workers today than there have ever been, giving many more people the opportunity to consider a lifestyle change. The Remote survey rated cities all over the world based on criteria such as quality of internet connection, security, open-mindedness, cost of living, and incentives for digital nomads. Next to the Norwegian destination, Toronto, Madrid, Auckland, Madeira, Helsinki, Berlin, Valparaiso, Dublin, and Sydney were also ranked in the Top 10.
The massive and rapid move to remote employment has been possibly the most powerful factor shaping the way businesses operate under the circumstances of “new normal” regime. It is therefore certain that more and more destinations will try to attract more digital nomads. For everyone seeking an adventure and not wanting to deal with numerous administrative formalities, Svalbard makes an excellent choice that could possibly turn into a real digital hotspot in the future. (photo: Noel Bauza/Pixabay)