Oslo finds itself in the bottom ten, at number 49 out of the 56 cities ranked. Elsewhere, Belfast tops the list of best urban cities for digital nomads.
Recent analysis by online home rental company Spotahome has standardised the latest city and country-level data available* for categories such as internet speed, the number of co-working spaces, apartment rental prices and migrant acceptance to determine which urban cities are best-suited for digital nomads.
Digital nomads are remote workers who usually travel between different locations. They often work in coffee shops, co-working spaces, or public libraries, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities like smart phones and mobile hotspots to do their work wherever they want.
Of the 56 global cities analysed,** Belfast is the top-ranking, with Lisbon (5.84), Barcelona (5.82), Brisbane (5.54) and Luxembourg (5.48) completing the top five.
Belfast’s ranking above cities like Lisbon and Barcelona might seem surprising, but the city was recently named the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet and previous studies have found Belfast to be one of the UK’s fastest growing economies.
The city is also especially appealing to digital nomads, because of its focus on technology growth. Belfast has seen a 73 percent surge in new digital jobs in recent years for positions like software engineers, technical consultants and java developers; all typical roles sought from today’s digital nomad community.