CANADA has been named the best country in the world to ‘work from home’ in 2021, thanks to its combination of fast broadband speeds, relatively affordable rents and migrant-friendly visa policies.
The Great White North comes top of the world league of destinations for so-called digital nomads, who have been able to embrace the trend towards full-time remote working accelerated by the pandemic.
Home to one of the largest tech hubs in the world, with Google and Mastercard looking to open new offices, it has a reputation as one of the friendliest countries in the world with 21.3% of its population made up of migrants and an overall ranking in the ‘world happiness index’ of 7.23.
British workers hoping to make a dash for the sun maybe slightly disappointed to learn the UK comes in second place, mainly because of its attractivity to Europeans and the average price of a one-bed apartment.
Romania’s cheap cost of living and broadband costs see it come in third place, driven by its growing influence as a tech-hub for Central and Eastern Europe.
Those looking for more far-flung destinations can investigate opportunities in New Zealand, which ranks 14th, just above Singapore. Thailand is 18th, Chile 28th and Brazil an inexpensive shout at 35th.
The research was conducted by Circleloop, which said: "This year has seen everyone’s working lives being turned upside down, with the vast majority now working from home for the foreseeable future. But who said working from home had to mean from your country of origin?
“The rise in the need to work from home has led to a number of countries introducing working holiday visas to encourage people to come to their country to experience the world while still being able to connect with their workplace.”