Once again, Denmark ranks world No.1 for e-readiness  

2006.04.27
For the third year in succession, Denmark has been ranked No.1 in the world for e-readiness in an annual survey by IBM in conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit

For the third year in succession, Denmark has been ranked No.1 in the world for e-readiness in an annual survey of the world's 68 largest economies by IBM in conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit. In the 2006 rankings, the US retains its No.2 spot, while Switzerland climbs one place to join the top three, pushing Sweden down to fourth place. Six nations in the top 10 are European, taking advantage of cheaply available broadband offerings and good education.

The survey looks beyond basic connectivity and also studies how the internet is being used to improve productivity and reduce costs, including online access to public services. Denmark has remained No. 1 by taking full advantage of the internet, connecting citizens securely over broadband and wireless networks as well as using its near ubiquitous hook-ups for internet banking and government services such as tax returns.

"E-procurement (for public services) is saving Danish businesses EUR 50 m (USD 62.1 m) and taxpayers as much as EUR 150 m (USD 186 m) per year. The rest of Europe is expected to follow Denmark's lead," the report states.

From a global perspective, the survey noted an apparent narrowing of the digital divide: "This is particularly evident in basic connectivity: emerging markets are providing the vast majority of the world's new phone and internet connections." The news was reported by Reuters.

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