The significance of Informational Technologies has grown dramatically in the past decades. Be it automotive, constructions, finance, healthcare, manufacturing or any other industry, they are impossible to imagine without computing and programming. Every nation is forced to embrace ICT in almost every area of life. However, not every country is equally eager and open.
If you are an ICT professional, it is important to know what are the most “ICT-ready” countries in the world. The ranking analysed the quality of their digital infrastructure, ability to use technologies to generate economic growth and foster innovation.
What does this mean to you? New work opportunities, a society ready to embrace ingenious ideas, generous investment and possibilities to implement cutting-edge solutions.
Here is the list of top 7 countries making the most of the digital age:
Singapore has positioned itself as a centre of innovation, research and development at the heart of the world’s most dynamic economic region. Supported by a government with a clear digital strategy, which offers an ICT infrastructure that is relentlessly being improved. As well as the best online services and highest-quality education system in the world.
Often called the tech superpower of North Europe, Finland has been at the top of this list for a few consecutive years. The tech-minded Finnish society has become a vibrant technology, R&D and start-up accelerator hub for many global companies. Moreover, Global Information Technology Report says that the country has the best digital infrastructure in the world. With more than 90% of its population using the internet, and with high levels of innovation, Finland is reaping the rewards of investing heavily in ICT in the mid-1990s.
Sweden retains its stable third position. The Swedish have a world-class yet affordable digital infrastructure and stable pro-business environment. Consequently, these strengths have led to outstanding use of ICTs by individuals, businesses and governments. In addition, the country is behind some of the most recognisable global brands. Such as Electrolux, Ericsson, H&M, IKEA, Spotify, Skype and Volvo.
Information Technology permeates all sections of society in the Netherlands. This service-based economy has quickly and skilfully recognised the importance of ICTs in boosting competitiveness and innovation. First of all, the government supports IT development through various companies, such as StartupAmsterdam, StarupDelta, StatupFoundation, Novel-T and many more. Secondly, Holland has some of the top tech universities in the world. And as if this is not enough, the Dutch are proud to host some world-class research facilities.
The United States
The fact that the US is in this list should not surprise anyone. The word ‘technologies’ itself associates with San Francisco, California. The US has been the leader in tech innovations for decades. And is home to the world’s largest and most important ICT companies.
In the recent years many Norwegians turned to technology to make their fortune. To begin with, the country benefits from a government that is aware of the importance of connectivity. Which leads to a stable pro-business and pro-innovation environment. Not mentioning that overwhelming 95% of population are internet users and have access to a personal computer.
Switzerland benefits from an excellent ICT infrastructure and a strong educational system that provides the necessary skills to create a knowledge-based, technology-rich economy. These assets, coupled with a stable political and regulatory environment, are the perfect conditions for technological innovation. As a result, businesses have had an incredible digital uptake.
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