Finland ranks first in EU digital performance comparison
Finland is the leading country in the EU in terms of digital transformation, according to a new report. The study entitled 'Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)' ranks Finland in first place, ahead of Sweden and Denmark. The report shows that Finland performs well in several fields. These include basic skills for digital proficiency, advanced ICT services and applications, as well as expertise to get started with using them. Finland also has good infrastructure and high levels of digital public services use.
Finland is the leading country in the EU in terms of digital transformation
You might not be surprised to learn that Finland has the highest broadband speed in Europe. What you may not know is that it also has a strong digital economy, society and public sector.
Finland’s position as the leading country in the EU in terms of digital transformation is confirmed by its comparatively high scores on all four dimensions: infrastructure (e-government services), usage (digital skills), business climate (attractiveness) and sustainability (e-waste).
"Finland has been a pioneer in many areas of digital transformation," says Minna Kivlehto, director general of the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Ficora), which was responsible for compiling data on Finland's digital development. "This is thanks to our excellent education system that encourages innovation, our openness towards new things and willingness to try out new solutions."
The report shows that Finland performs well in several fields.
Finland performs well in several fields:
Basic skills for digital proficiency are high and there are good opportunities for young people to learn about new technologies. Finland has a high proportion of the population using digital tools for learning and is among the leading countries in this regard.
The availability of advanced ICT services and applications is also high. For example, almost all households have access to broadband internet connections (1 Gbps), one of the highest levels in Europe, with almost no difference between rural areas and urban ones. In addition, Finns are capable of getting started with using these services when they need them - they have an average level of comfort when dealing with new technologies. This aspect contributes towards achieving a successful transition into a digital society by providing expertise needed to access online services and applications offered by public authorities or private companies such as banks and insurance providers.
These include basic skills for digital proficiency, advanced ICT services and applications and expertise to get started with using them.
The basic skills for digital proficiency include the ability to use the Internet and mobile phones, as well as the capacity for problem-solving.
Advanced ICT services and applications refer to those that require a certain level of knowledge in order to be used.
The expertise to get started with using them refers to whether someone has enough basic skills regarding digital technologies and their applications, but does not have sufficient knowledge or training in order to use them effectively.
Finland also has good infrastructure and high levels of digital public services use.
The country has been the birthplace of many successful companies, including Nokia, KONE and Rovio Entertainment Corporation. The country's economy is highly dependent on trade with other nations, which leaves it vulnerable to fluctuations in global financial markets.
Finland leads in the field of digital transformation
Finland tops the EU digital performance comparison. All other countries have been left behind with their 8 terabytes of digital data per capita, and Finland has 9.1 terabytes—a considerable amount more than any others in Europe have to offer.
In addition to this impressive feat, it has also been ranked as the most digitally advanced country in the world by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF's ranking system uses a variety of factors including broadband access, online government services and mobile subscriptions as well as internet access at home and work.
The report shows that Finland performs well in several fields. These include basic skills for digital proficiency, advanced ICT services and applications and expertise to get started with using them. Finland also has good infrastructure and high levels of digital public services use.
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