Finland named world’s best in networked readiness

Finland has overtaken the United States for the number one slot in the 2003 Networked Readiness Index, which was released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on 19 February.

This year’s report benchmarks the performance and monitors progress in networked readiness of 82 countries. The report was released at the launch of the Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003: Readiness for the Networked World by WEF in partnership with the World Bank's Information for Development Program (INSEAD).

According to the report, the US continues to offer the best market environment for networked readiness, but has slipped from first to second place due to less competitive performance in terms of connectivity and diffusion of the information and communications technology. Finland ranked first in the world because of the high usage of technology by its citizens, businesses and the government.

Singapore ranks third worldwide; the UK is 7th; Germany is tenth; Israel is 12th; France is 19th; Estonia is 24th, overtaking Spain, Italy and Portugal; Brazil is 29th; India is 37th; and China is 43rd.

 

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