Germany’s northeast Vorpommern-Greifswald district, part of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, is fast becoming a magnet to the country’s growing tribe of digital nomads looking for a more balanced lifestyle.
Proximity to nature – including the increasingly popular Baltic island Usedom; an established science and tech hub at Greifswald – one of Europe’s oldest universities – as well as good connections to the nearby metropolitan areas of Berlin and Szczecin in Poland has helped the region make a name for itself amongst a crop of young urban dwellers looking for a rural idyll.
“Young city dwellers with families appreciate the quality of life in rural areas. As so-called digital nomads, many of them do not need a permanent office. They are only tied to laptops, electricity and internet access and can work from home or in co-working spaces”, says Dr. Ulrich Vetter, head of the Förderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Vorpommern-Greifswald. “In our county these highly qualified knowledge workers meet a stimulating environment.”
Arup has been appointed to help the Vorpommern-Greifswald region prepare a vision for the future, tasked to work with several regional stakeholders to develop a roadmap into 2050. Over a period of about twelve months, our consultants will hold a series of workshops in a phased participatory process.