Brisbane named best city to work from home

Brisbane has been named as the best city in the world to work from home with its average temperature of 22 degrees considered ideal for productivity.

The Queensland capital also scored highly for its cost of living and its strong healthcare system in the WORKATION Index.

Prepared by digital learning platform Preply, the Index examined the 74 most populated cities in the world to evaluate their remote working conditions.

Preply Chief Executive Officer Kirill Bigai said with the advent of the global pandemic, more companies were making working remotely possible.

“What used to only be feasible for digital nomads has now become a reality for many employees,” Mr Bigai said.

“But not all cities are ideal for working remotely.

“The study found that Brisbane has the best conditions for virtual work.

“With an average temperature of 22 degrees, the city on the Brisbane River has proven to be the perfect temperature for working productively. 

“The city also scores above average in terms of cost factors and the healthcare system.”

The Index analysed key metrics in fields such as climate and environment, costs and safety, and quality of life.

Brisbane scored 100 (the highest possible ranking) for climate and environment, 77.1 for costs and safety and 84.7 for quality of life.

Indicators assessed under the quality of life banner included a score of 81.86 for healthcare, 49.9 for human rights, 100 for English language proficiency and 50.9 for travel time, with the average route in Brisbane taking about 40 minutes to drive.

Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, is the second best city for remote working, with consistent scores across all metrics and an overall score of 88.9.

Nicosia, in Cyprus, came in third, with a total score of 81.8, which was fuelled by a score of 94.6 for costs and safety.

Taipei came fourth (81.4), Ljubljana was fifth (80.9), Helsinki was sixth (79.1), Vienna was seventh (77.5), Auckland came in eighth (75.2), Ottawa finished ninth (74.9) and Reykjavik (74.7) rounded out the top 10.

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