Denmark has been ranked the most networked economy in the world for the third consecutive year by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in its Networked Readiness Index (NRI), part of the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009, produced in collaboration with INSEAD, a leading international business school and sponsored by Cisco Systems.
The Top 10 list networked countries are: Denmark (1), Sweden (2), USA (3), Singapore (4), Switzerland (5) Finland (6), Iceland (7), Norway (8), Netherlands (9) and Canada (10).
In a WEF press release, Irene Mia, a senior WEF economist and co-editor of the report, said: "The development story of the most networked countries in the world, including the Nordic countries, Singapore and the United States among others, has owed much to a consistent focus in the national agenda on education excellence, innovation and an extensive ICT access. This success stands as a reminder for leaders in both the public and private sectors not to lose focus on ICT as an important enabler of growth and competitiveness in times of crisis."
WEF states that one of the factors contributing to Denmark's leading position is the widespread availability of high speed internet (346 mB/s per 10,000 people) and 36.3 broadband subscribers per 100 people.
Covering 134 economies worldwide, the NRI examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively across three dimensions: general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; readiness of individuals, businesses and governments to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of the latest information and communication technologies.
The news was widely reported in the Danish media.