6 Main reasons for living in Spain if you are a Digital Nomad
In this article, we will tell you which are the most chosen destinations and the reasons that lead digital nomads from around the world to choose Spain as one of the favourite countries to live and work remotely.
Spain as a favourite destination for digital nomads from around the world
6 main reasons that will help you make your decision:
1 – Spain is a country that is part of the European Union. This means that being a holder of the residence permit as a digital nomad will allow you to travel freely throughout all the member states of the European Union without the need to apply for a visa.
2 – The low cost of living, which is usually lower compared to other first-world countries and other countries in the European Union. In Spain, covering basic needs for one person per month, including spending on rental housing, can vary from €1,500 to €2,500.
3 – Spain is a welfare state, which means that there is public and free access to education and healthcare. It is a state based on the contributory principle, which means that citizens through taxes contribute to the aid and social needs of all.
4 – As a digital nomad, you can benefit from attractive tax advantages. You will not pay taxes as a resident, but as if you were a non-resident, enjoying a reduced fixed rate of 24% for four years instead of a progressive rate that can be up to 48%.
5 – Spain is a safe country with a great quality of life. It is one of the countries with the lowest crime rate in Europe and the world. This makes Spain a peaceful country in which to develop your personal and professional life.
6 – Spain has one of the best Mediterranean climates in all of Europe. Mild temperatures and predominant sun throughout the year. As well as Mediterranean cuisine, which is characterized by being rich and balanced, but above all for its variety of fresh and economic products, which makes it so valued by foreigners.
What is the profile of a digital nomad?
Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the number of people who have had the opportunity to work remotely has been increasing more and more. Many companies in the world have finally incorporated the option for their workers to work remotely 100% and that has caused digital nomads to start looking for other countries that offer better living conditions to settle down.
We are seeing that the profile of a digital nomad is generally a single person between 25 and 38 years old, who has seen in this lifestyle the flexibility and the way to fulfill the dream of visiting other countries, cultures and expanding their life experiences.
Generally, the digital nomad works for someone else and on a full-time basis, sometimes also as a self-employed or freelancer. We observe that the sectors to which digital nomads are most dedicated are:
- Creative services;
- Consultancy and research;
- Education and training;
- Sales, marketing and public relations;
- Finance and accounting.
Did you know that Spain is one of the 20 most popular destinations worldwide for digital nomads?
According to a survey by Airbnb, the vacation rental platform, the Canary Islands is one of the 20 most popular destinations worldwide for digital nomads.
In the Canary Islands, the weather is so good all year round, that you will literally feel like you are on a beach holiday.
In addition, residents appreciate that there are numerous coworking spaces and good internet connection.
On any of these islands, you can choose whether you prefer to work from home or in nature, as tranquility predominates in both places.
Its landscapes and beaches are beautiful and unique and it has spectacular gastronomy, while also spreading a relaxed lifestyle
It is another of the most popular destinations for foreigners who decide to reside in Spain, especially those coming from countries with colder climates.
The low cost of living is one of the main attractions, in comparison to large cities and their metropolitan areas, where services and leisure are more in demand.
The truth is that culture, landscapes, weather, gastronomy and its people are aspects that enchant most people who visit this land.
In addition, its good land and air transport communication network with the rest of the territory is a great advantage, as it is not as necessary to have your own vehicle as it is on an island.
On the other hand, there is a very good high-speed internet connection and the possibility of finding spaces to work outside the home.
Madrid is the capital and heart of Spain, so it concentrates the majority of the country’s political and economic activity. And in Madrid, in addition to having all the necessary elements to work from anywhere and at any time, the leisure never stops. There is also a very extensive community of foreigners from all cultures of the world.
It is a big city, that has all the means of land transport, although not maritime, and it has an international airport from where all the international flights leave and arrive.
If you are also an active and sociable person, in Madrid you will find the possibility to carry out any sports or leisure activity you like
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city full of life, where thousands of foreigners from around the world also reside.
Like Madrid, in Barcelona it is very easy to find all the necessary services, options of all kinds of leisure and numerous coworkings and cafes ideal for working. But with the added privilege of being able to choose to do it on the beach or in the mountains.
For example, the beaches of Barcelona are very quiet spaces on weekdays and the weather is usually sunny. Likewise, in winter, the minimum temperatures do not usually drop below 9-10 Cº, a great attraction to be able to do outdoor sports also in this time of year.
You can also find any means of transport, land, sea and air, that will take you wherever you want to go.
However, although the internet connection in these big cities is unbeatable, the cost of living is usually a little higher than in Andalusia and the Canary Islands.
There are digital nomads who consider that the city of Valencia is, by far, the best. And the reasons are very clear.
The InterNations ranking valued that, being a city where you can find any type of service like in the others, mostly, foreigners choose Valencia for having a lower cost of living, for having equally many sports and leisure activities, and for being a safer city than Madrid and Barcelona, for example.
There are those who define it as their favorite city to live in Spain, and that is why you can also find a great multicultural community with which you will surely establish great ties.