Nordic countries rank high in ICT

The Global Information Technology Report is a benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree to which a country participates in and benefits from ICT developments.

The NRI of The Global Information Technology Report 2006-2007 shows that Denmark for the first time tops the ranking as the world’s leader in networked readiness, as a culmination of an upward trend since 2003. Denmark’s outstanding position has to do with the country’s excellent regulatory environment, coupled with a clear government leadership and vision in leveraging ICT for growth and promoting ICT penetration and usage.

The same upward trend can be seen for all other Nordic countries but Iceland, with Finland, Sweden, and Norway all gaining positions this year. Among the top 20, the United States loses its top position and drops to 7th place, overtaken not only by Denmark but also by Sweden, which comes in at 2nd place this year, with Finland at 4th place.