The big obstacles that keep digital nomads away from Greece


Greece’s position remains disappointing in terms of fixed connections, with the country in 100th place with an average speed of 36.42 Mbps, Turkey, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia or even Kyrgyzstan and Ghana.

While telecommuting is on the rise which can offer many benefits, and the government promotes incentives to attract digital nomads, Slow internet and social inequalities in our country discourage digital nomads from visiting Greece.

At a time, 60% of Greeks abroad would like to recover in our country, if they could work as digital nomads. According to Nestpick and nomadlist, the advantages of Athens include its good climate, relatively low cost of living with cheap rents for apartments and business premises, as well as a good quality of life and entertainment. In particular, in the Nestpick ranking, Athens is the 20th cheapest city for renting commercial premises and the 24th cheaper for an apartment and the 11th cheapest in total cost of living, while in 19th place in entertainment.

However, the advantages in the Greek capital are offset by a very poor performance in terms of social equality, where Nestpick says Athens rivals Hungary, Turkey and 1Dubai in the UAE as it ranks 64th in terms of security, freedom and rights.

In the gender equality category, it is too in 64th place, while in terms of equal rights for the LGBT + community, it is a place inferior. In terms of respect for minorities, Athens occupies 63rd place, highlighting an important aspect that should concern Greek society. In the analysis of the nomadic list for Athens, the Greek capital scores poorly in terms of racial tolerance and a friendly attitude towards the LGBT + community and women.

Slow internet

At the same time, Athens suffers from a lack of investment in telecommunications in recent years. In the Nestpick ranking, Athens ranks 65th in terms of overall internet performance and capacity, while in the analysis of the nomads list, the average internet speed is said to be 12 Mbps.

Greece’s position remains disappointing in terms of fixed connections, with the country in 100th place with an average speed of 36.42 Mbps, Turkey, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and even Kyrgyzstan and Ghana.

Things look better on the mobile network, where Greece with 76.36 Mbps is in 25th place in Ookla with our country, however, falling by five places. The UAE tops the list with speeds reaching 190.03 Mbps, followed by South Korea with 189.20 Mbps and Qatar with 170.77 Mbps.

A few weeks ago, the Greek government announced the issuance of a work visa for digital nomads. Digital nomads and their companions can apply for and receive a one-year visa which, after review, can be extended to 2 years. The two most important criteria they must meet are that they have not worked in Greece in the past and does not work for a Greek company based in Greece during their stay in the country as visa holders.

In addition, they can be accompanied by their family members (who are not allowed to provide dependent work or exercise any form of economic activity in the country) who are granted, upon request, an individual visa which expires at the same time as the dependent visa.

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