The only other requirement is fast internet.
PS. The internet connection is very good, I have currently 100/100 fiber connection and live in a very small village DS.
PSS. I live here, but I work (remote) for a Boston based software company DSS.
That is 60k (just randomly checking places up north).
According to Wikipedia, 86% of people in Sweden know English. The percentage will of course be smaller in countryside and among older people, but I don't think you can find a small town where at least 50% of people wouldn't know English.
(Source: Born in Tvm, studied there till undergrad, friends and family there)
The only caveat (to living directly in the mountains) is that in any place where you're engulfed in nature, your Internet connection is going to be slower. It's too costly for the ISP to install or upgrade infrastructure to an area with less than say 400 homes per square mile. Past a certain number, it's just not a viable investment.
Satellite ISPs have been getting better though and DSL technology has shown at least a theoretical 800Mbps (in labs). Maybe someday it'll be possible to get great broadband in the mountains.
Turns out most of the fiber-to-the-door deployed in the US is in the middle of the country, where population densities are low. These assumptions about rural availability and cost don't hold as often as some would think
A small example: http://www.vortexmag.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Dornes1....
1) Kerela (called gods own country) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala
2) Arunachal Pradesh - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachal_Pradesh
I moved back (in from there originally) and we have
- the UK's first area of outstanding natural beauty
- mountains, loads of mountains
- world class beaches
- low cost of living
- a TechHub with easy access to TechHub Shoredich in London
- pretty good internet, with 300mb consumer connections being rolled out
- great surfing
And soon to be built, a £1.5bn tidal lagoon and £0.5bn to be spent on regenerating the city centre.
Desk space in Techhub is currently £150p/m
Average monthly rent is £500 p/m for a studio/1den in a pretty new shoreside development SA1
We have a few London based businesses looking to relocate because of the low cost of living and great lifesytle.
Two Google engineers were here last week and were massive impressed, needless to say they are coming back here on holiday.
I think everyone would win if it became a tech-hub.
The city center is a bit ugly (probably due to rapid post-war reconstruction after being bombed, combined with the general horrors of UK 1960s architecture) :D but cost of living is definitely cheap.
Because of general UK drinking culture and Swansea being a University town the town center is pretty raucous most nights and especially at the weekend. At least that was the case when I was there about 10 years ago!
There's a lot of beautiful scenery - like the Gower
And away from the city center it's much quiter and rural. People are super friendly and warm in my experience, definitely more so than average for the UK!
Lots of good daytrips, weekend and week trips available from there.
And you are near to the city i live in (bergamo) which is small, with a medieval buildings and in the Orobie area which is full of mountains where you can do trekking or climbing!
I suggested Trentino because even if it is in Italy, it doesn't suffer from common italy "problems" (burocracy, criminality, etc...)
Also outer Taiwan, Jeju Island (S.Korea), Okinawa, Fukuoka (Japan).
Parts of south India might be tempting, but the quality of internet can be very frustrating and can offset the quality of the nature.
source: all places I've passed through or by as a nomad in the last 2 years.
Rural Taiwan is especially nice because you're just a high speed rail ride away from Taipei, most likely. The others would probably involve a cheap and very short flight to the nearest metropolis, in case you miss the city life.
Okinawa can feel a bit touristy, but you can get away from it if you do some groundwork.
I spent a month out of an airbnb in Krabi town. Lived for about $200/mo, spending weekends doing touristy things and eating out most of the time. I got familiar with just about every shopkeep and restaurant owner in the hood. Random streams and gardens to hang around in and pass time and ponder the universe. I enjoyed it, and miss it sometimes, but the place helped me discover that personally I am a city-junkie and needed to get out of there.
At $0.76 per CAD the whole of Canada is pretty much the definition of "cheap".
Enough beautiful hikes to keep me entertained for the last decade. I've found going over a mountain and back quite a boom for productivity if only because I don't want to walk afterwards.
The internet is fairly not terrible.
There are reasonably priced accommodation with the current CAD/USD rate.
Winter is another story but has its charm (& winter sports).
Meanwhile, Vancouver Island fits your description.
This might help you to plan tour:
If you're more inclined towards Europe then I'd recommend Hungary, a very cost-effective place to live.
The sea and nature are marvelous though. The people are very good too. There at least another 50 places in Greece that fit the description, but Ithaca is my favorite. You can check out Nomads list, for cities that are better fit for tech nomads.
Very cheap and infinite nature. Not as backwards as you'd expect.
Source: I grew up in Carroll County Arkansas.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada