In recent years, the rise of the digital nomad has taken over the globe – with many taking the chance to not just work from home, but to work from anywhere in the world. ExpertVagabond.com defines digital nomads as “remote workers who travel to different locations on a regular basis. They use modern technology to work from coffee shops, hotels, co-working spaces, or libraries with a WiFi connected laptop or smartphone from anywhere in the world.” They say there are many types of digital nomads out there. “Some people travel around their own country by campervan or RV. Some live on sailboats, working from different ports of call. Others stay in backpacker hostels or rent Airbnb apartments while flying from country to country. “Complete freedom of movement while working online is the general idea.”
As the phenomenon continues unabated, UpCounsel has undertaken research to find out the world’s ultimate countries to which to relocate, using an index score based on variables including passport strength, Human Development Index and migrant population. UpCounsel.com found that Singapore is the world’s best country to relocate to, with an overall expat score of 94.9/100. With its high Human Development Index* (HDI) of 0.938, a 43.1% immigrant population and 192 visa-free destinations, the highest of all countries measured, Singapore is a hotspot for international residents. Germany ranks in second place, with a final relocation score of 92.4/100. While it has a smaller migrant population (18.8%), Germany’s HDI of 0.947 and high number of visa-free destinations put it in pole position as a choice for those looking to seek new pastures. Switzerland and Luxembourg tie in third place (92.0/100). With Switzerland’s exceptionally high HDI of 0.955 and Luxembourg’s international migrant residents making up more than half of the population, each country offers unique opportunities for newcomers and nomads alike. Ireland and Norway both boast high HDI scores (0.955 and 0.957 respectively) at fifth and eighth place in the top ranking, meaning their education services, life expectancies and income per capita are some of the best in the world. Liechtenstein follows up in 10th place with an expat score of 88.1/100. With international residents making up 67.9% of its population, expatriates are sure to feel at home here. The five worst countries on this ranking were Afghanistan, Eritrea, Haiti, Yemen and Myanmar.