Denmark tops a listing of 53 countries in the latest Information Society Index (ISI) published by IDC, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. First created in the mid-1990s, the ISI establishes a standard by which nations can be measured and compared on their ability to access and absorb information and information technology.
The top 10 ranking in the latest ISI reads as follows: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, USA, UK, Holland Switzerland, Canada, Norway and New Zealand. The index is based on 15 different variables grouped into four sub-indexes, which are then compiled into an overall index. Denmark did not top any of the four sub-indexes, but managed a sufficiently high position on each to emerge as the overall leader.
The survey pointed up some significant differences in spending on IT. While 'elite' nations like the above typically spend around 3% of GNP on IT, countries like India and China are currently only spending around 1% of GNP. Denmark and Sweden are currently among the highest spenders on IT, using 3.7% of GNP.
IDC forecasts that Denmark will hang onto its pole position on the ISI until 2011, when it expects that the US will nudge Denmark into second place.