Top European Cities for Working, Living and Retiring

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As you read this, you may be at different stages in your career: you could have just started your path as a digital nomad or remote worker, searching for a destination in Europe that can offer a good balance between quality of life and the ability to work remotely. Or, you may have an established career and may have started planning for the future: where next? Here are some suggestions.

European Cities for Remote Workers in the Early Years of Their Careers

Euronews found that Bern is a desirable destination as you build your career while also enjoying the freedom to travel.

Bern in Switzerland can be a good choice for digital nomads because it’s a modern city with a rich history, surrounded by amazing mountains (the Alps) and places of interest. Bern has plenty of co-working spaces as well as cafes with parks within walking distance. The Old Town has UNESCO-protected status and can offer many opportunities to explore and learn about its past.

It is no surprise that Bern has been voted by consultancy ECA International as the most liveable city in Europe. It has actually replaced Copenhagen in Denmark in the top spot and that’s mostly because of the cost of living. The rankings for most liveable city are based on factors such as amenities, public transport and leisure activities.

Dublin, Ireland, and Copenhagen follow Bern in the ranking, however the main downside that both cities have is the high cost of accommodation.

Looking at accommodation budgets alone, these are some of the cheapest European cities for digital nomads that won’t break the bank (inews):

  • Gratz in Austria where prices per night are about 70 euro;
  • Bratislava in Slovakia at about 60 euro per night;
  • Kaunas in Lithuania at less than 60 euro per night;
  • Budapest in Hungary at about 60 euro per night;
  • Warsaw in Poland at about 60 euro per night;
  • Riga in Latvia at about 50 euro per night.

These destinations offer plenty of attractions but also the main advantage of choosing places like the ones above over more popular ones like Lisbon in Portugal, for example, is that they are less touristy so you are less likely to queue for museums or to pay extra for meals and drinks.

Where It’s Cheaper To Retire in Europe

Forbes did a study to investigate where it’s cheaper in Europe to retire. With some places where your budget can stretch further, there are some opportunities to spend less than 2,000 euro per month. Quoting figures from the United States, where you need to pay a minimum of almost $5,000 per month as a retired person, Forbes looked at Europe for better deals (but also raising expectations mentioning “exotic” havens).

Forbes quoted from the Overseas Retirement Index by Live and Invest Overseas, picking the top 5 destinations in Europe.

They are:

  • Crete in Greece for less than $1,700 per month per couple;
  • Braga in Portugal, for less than $1,900 per month per couple;
  • Gascony in France for less than $2,000 per month per couple;
  • Valencia in Spain, where you can spend less than $2,500 per month per couple;
  • Kotor Bay in Montenegro for less than $2,700 per month per couple.

These European cities made the top spots for a number of reasons:

  • they have beaches or are close to the sea or set among green spaces and/or mountains;
  • they have plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and places of interest;
  • they offer leisure, sporting and cultural activities;
  • they are not overly touristy;
  • overall, the cost of living is affordable.

Talking of cost of living, Forbes also compared figures between these European cities above and the United States, calculating that the former are on average 50% cheaper than their American counterparts. Considering all of this information, even for European citizens these cities offer good value for money and, most importantly, they are still keeping their identity without bowing to the pressures of mass tourism.