NEWS | 10 Aug 2016

Finland, Sweden and Norway among the world's best digital performers

Three Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden and Norway – are among the most digital-savvy countries in the world; only Singapore ranks higher. This is reported by the World Economic Forum.

The Global Information Technology Report 2016 features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), measuring the state of networked readiness of 139 economies. Finland, Sweden and Norway  rank second, third and fourth, while Denmark and Iceland rank 11th and 16th.

The index measures how economies use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for increased competitiveness and well-being. It is made up of 53 individual indicators, related to political and regulatory environment, business and innovation environment, infrastructure, affordability, skills, ICT usage, and economic and social impact.

Large differences between European countries
Europe remains at the technology frontier, with seven of the top ten NRI countries. The performance range is wide, however, from Finland ranking second on the list to Bosnia and Herzegovina ranking 97th. On the European top-ten list, all five Nordic countries are represented.

High Nordic ranking for infrastructure and Internet use
For the Nordic countries, the report highlights aspects such as a good digital infrastructure – with a top score for Norway – and high Internet use. Finland is among the best in education and skills, and achieves a top global ranking in economic impact.

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