Denmark has reclaimed the world's top spot in e-readiness in 2009 after dropping to 5th last year in the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM's annual e-readiness ranking, reports national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Denmark leads the list followed by Sweden (2), the Netherlands (3), Norway (4) and the United States (5) out of 70 economies surveyed.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's e-readiness definition underlines that a country's digital advancement is dependent on progress in other interconnected areas including business environment, education, support for innovation, legal frameworks, and government policy and vision. In addition to ICT availability, this year's ranking also covers usage.
All but nine of the 70 countries saw a drop in their overall scores from last year primarily because of the financial crisis and the introduction of usage indicators.
In the report, the Economist Intelligence Unit says that other critical parts of the e-readiness rankings are social and cultural factors, such as support for innovation, and the legal frameworks governing both the traditional and digital economies:
"The 2009 e-readiness leaders perform strongly in these areas. Denmark, for example, has excelled in nurturing new businesses. According to the World Bank, in 2008 it took only six days to register a start-up in Denmark and involved no cost," the report stated.
Denmark was recently ranked the most networked economy in the world for the third consecutive year by the World Economic Forum in its Networked Readiness Index, part of the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009, produced in collaboration with INSEAD, a leading international business school, and sponsored by Cisco Systems.