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It takes a village: Digital Nomad Village Zadar debuts 10 October, a first for Croatia

What can you get for 130 euros per week in Paris? Berlin? Amsterdam? If your answer is, “Nothing,” then consider this: Croatia has a new digital nomad village, Digital Nomad Village Zadar that can put you on the beach with everything you need to work remotely starting at 130 euros per week.

Not bad.

Digital Nomad Association of Croatia President Jan de Jong (of course it would be Dutchies leading Croatia’s Digital Nomad revolution) posted this on his LinkedIn Page. From his post, it appears that de Jong and others brought together grabAhome, a housing website, Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences and the Zadar City Tourist Board, Croatia to create the concept. (Thanks to Lilly Rosier for pointing this out to Dispatches.)

The concept is this: Digital Nomad Valley Zadar is the first curated digital nomad community in Croatia. There was a similar effort this year on the Spanish islands of Madeira, but this appears to be the first digital nomad villa project in Croatia.

This project is a part of a new initiative from grabAhome called Work Remotely Croatia, with plans for several communities around Croatia to promote and advocate sustainable tourism in Croatia. This project starts on 10 October and runs until 31 March 2022, with the possibility of an extension, according to the various websites.

There’s a minimum 2-week stay starting at 130 euros per week.

You get:

  • mobile homes with solo or co-living options
  • exclusive co-working office
  • a community manager
  • events
  • #discord community channel
  • partner discounts
  • a digital nomad community

Digital nomad valley is the Falkensteiner Premium Camping Zadar and Falkensteiner Club Funimation in Borik, Zadar, according to the website. Falkensteiner is a Vienna-based hotel group, and the area is on the Adriatic, with beaches.

Of course, all this is only possible because Croatia – again under the aegis of Dutch entrepreneurs – created a Digital Nomad Visa earlier this year. The visa is valid for one year. To qualify, you must be employed – or work as a freelancer – remotely for yourself or for a company registered outside Croatia so as not to take jobs from locals.

We’ll have more as more details become available.

Zadar, if you’re wondering, is on the northern Dalmatian coast at the opposite end of Croatia from the more famous walled city of Dubrovnik. It’s one of Croatia’s must-visit cities along with Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Our Bosnian colleagues tell us Zadar has blue seas, sun and an Old Town with distinctive architecture, limestone streets and buildings. A thoroughly beautiful place to enjoy life while working remotely.

Which brings us to another topic: Is this digital nomad village thing about to become a trend? This relates back to Dispatches’ mission to inform our highly skilled internationals and the global war for talent. If countries really want to attract top digital talent, creating visas, then communities, is a great strategy.

You can see a list of all the countries here currently offering digital nomad visas or at least remote work visas.

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