For the first time, Denmark tops the rankings of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of its influential Global Information Technology Report, produced in collaboration with INSEAD and this year sponsored by Cisco. Covering a record 122 economies worldwide, the latest report for 2006-2007 shows that Denmark climbed from last year's third position to the peak, followed by Sweden, Singapore and Finland, while the US dropped from a top slot to No. 7.
Denmark's rise in the NRI rankings has been continuous for the last five years: 8th in 2002-3, 5th in 2003-4, 4th in 2004-5, 3rd in 2005-6 and now up to 1st place in 2006-2007. The NRI examines each country's status across three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of individuals, businesses and governments to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies.
In a press release accompanying the report, WEF states that "Denmark has benefited from a clear government ICT vision and early focus on ICT penetration and usage, which has resulted in impressive levels of Internet and PC usage as well as that of e-government and in a very dynamic e-business environment. A well-developed internal market, together with a continuous emphasis on education and R&D and a talent for pioneering applications and technologies, have laid the basis for the development of a first-league high-tech industry".
Professor Soumitra Dutta at INSEAD comments in the press release: "The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) provides a snapshot of countries' weaknesses and strengths with regard to ICT development and capacity to leverage the latter for increased competitiveness, thus offering policy-makers and business leaders a neutral platform for discussion and a useful tool in drawing a roadmap towards increased networked readiness."
The news was widely reported in the Danish media.