Denmark is continuing its climb towards the top of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) rankings, published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of its influential Global Information Technology Report, produced in cooperation with INSEAD. Covering a record 115 economies worldwide, the latest report for 2005-2006 shows that the US has regained the top slot, but close on its heels come Singapore, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, confirming the ICT dominance of the Nordic countries.
Denmark's rise in the NRI rankings has been continuous for the last four years: 8th in 2002-3, 5th in 2003-4, 4th in 2004-5, and now up to 3rd place in 2005-6. The NRI examines each country's status across three dimensions: the general macroeconomic, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of individuals, businesses and government to use and benefit from ICT; and actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies.
In a press release accompanying the report, WEF states that the high ranking of Denmark and the other Nordic countries reflects a common set of factors that have propelled them to the top of the world competitiveness league: highly developed educational institutions with a strong culture of innovation; transparency in government and a friendly climate for investment in new business ventures; and a strong reputation as early adopters of new technology.
Professor Soumitra Dutta at INSEAD comments in the press release: "The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) has become a globally accepted benchmark of an economy's participation in the networked economy. The NRI provides a useful indicator to decision leaders from the public and private sectors about the role of technology in driving the competitiveness and productivity of nations."
The news is widely reported in the Danish media.
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