If you read this, there is a good chance that you have heard that Tallinn ranked as #1 in the list of best places for working remotely and you are open to an idea of trying it out. You're just not quite sure yet? We try to charm you in a bit, but first let's get the facts straight and answer some questions you probably have in mind:
- Is it safe?
Crime rate in Tallinn is either low or very low on every crime & safety report and if you ask around for example in a Facebook group of foreigners who live in Estonia they mostly confirm that they feel very safe living here.
- What is the cost of housing and living?
The median rent for an apartment in Tallinn is around €400-€600, but it's often more expensive in the centre and old town.
You pay an average of €6 for a movie ticket and can find good lunch offers for €7. Monthly ticket for public transport will cost you €30.
- How polluted is Tallinn?
According to the World Health Organisation, Estonia is among the countries with the cleanest air. Tallinn is a compact seaside city and compared to most of the capitals in Europe, it definitely feels clean and green.
- Do I need a visa to come there?
Nationals of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national holding a residence permit of a Schengen State do not need a visa to enter Estonia. You can find more information about it on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Of course, if you plan to stay for a long time or are not from the EU or EEA, you can always apply to be an e-resident or check out the Digital Nomad Visa.
Big 7 Travel ranked Tallinn as number one in its list of the top 50 best places for remote working: "The capital city is oozing with charm and surprise that will have you living in a real-life Baltic fairytale. More importantly, though, the digital economy here is booming. In fact, 99% of public services available online 24/7, so you'll never have an issue with internet access. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low."
If you want to find out more about the quality of life in Tallinn and perhaps compare it to some other city you have in mind, you can do it right here. Now let's take a closer look at why Estonia is the best destination for working remotely.
Tallinn is gorgeous, compact and buzzing with life
If you have heard anything of Estonia, it's most likely how beautiful Tallinn's old town is. The good news is, it's every bit as charming in real life as it is in pictures. But Tallinn is not only the best preserved medieval old town in Northern Europe: it's growing cooler year by year. Its wooden neighbourhood Kalamaja is often listed as one of the hippest in the world. The city has also recently seen a rise in trendy modern districts that combine old factory charm with contemporary architecture. Tallinn is also the most cultural city in Northern Europe based on the total number of cultural landmarks per capita. Little known facts: did you know that Tallinn has several sandy beaches and the flag of Denmark was born here?