Denmark has been ranked 5th out of 66 countries in the 2008 IT Industry competitiveness index, a new study from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The index, which is now in its second year, found that the top 20 countries remain the same from one year ago, however nine countries moved up and 11 moved down in the rankings, BSA states on its website.
Denmark was among the climbers in the top 10, up three places from last year's 8th position to 5th. The US remains at the head of the list, followed by Taiwan (2), UK (3), Sweden (4) and Denmark (5).
The index ranks the extent to which the countries support a competitive domestic IT sector. UK, Sweden and Denmark were emphasised as western European countries with strong and open business environments, well-developed infrastructure and a solid legal tradition for protecting intellectual property, writes Computerworld.
In terms of the number of broadband connections, Denmark takes pole position with 32% of the population having broadband.
The Economist Intelligence Unit and BSA use a scoring methodology to rank the countries. The parameters measured and their weights are: overall business environment (10%), IT infrastructure (20%), human capital (20%), legal environment (10%), R&D environment (25%) and support for industry development (15%).