Denmark has been ranked the most networked economy in the world for the second consecutive year by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Networked Readiness Index (NRI), part of the Global Information Technology Report 2007-2008, produced in collaboration with INSEAD and sponsored by Cisco Systems. The top ten networked countries were: Denmark (1), Sweden (2), Switzerland (3), USA (4), Singapore (5), Finland (6), Netherlands (7), Iceland (8), South Korea (9) and Norway (10).
"The successful experience of the Nordic countries, Singapore, the United States or Korea shows that a coherent government vision on the importance of ICT, coupled with an early focus on education and innovation, are key not only for spurring networked readiness, but also to lay the foundations for sustainable growth," said Irene Mia, a senior WEF economist and co-editor of the report.
The report stated that Denmark maintained its leading position "as a culmination of an upward trend observed since 2003."
Covering 127 economies worldwide, 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.
Niels Münster-Hansen, acting managing director of Cisco Denmark says: "It is a great pat on the back for authorities, educational institutions and private companies that for the second consecutive year Denmark has been ranked the world's most networked society. This helps explain why the Danish economy is one of the world's best."
The news was widely reported in the Danish media.