Danes top EU digital society index

Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium rounded out the top 5

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February 25th, 2015 2:38 pm| by admin
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The new 2015 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI Index) that was released by the EU Commission yesterday showed that Denmark leads the EU when it comes to the utilisation of digital options on offer.

The index results (here in English) are found by using 30 different indicators across five central themes to calculate a fixed weighting system to rank the countries according to the data collected.

”Denmark has the most advanced use of digital public services, for example 69 percent of Internet users return filled forms online to the public authorities,” the DESI index report stated.

”It is also Europe's best performer in eHealth: 92 percent of general practitioners exchange medical data electronically. The percentage of businesses using technologies such as electronic information sharing (42 percent), eInvoices (59 percent) and Cloud services (28 percent) in Denmark are among the highest in the EU.”

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Digital beasts
Out of the five central themes, Denmark finished first in 'integration of digital technology' and 'digital public services', second in 'use of internet', third in 'human capital' and fifth in 'connectivity'.

Denmark (country profile here) was followed in the ranking by Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium, while the UK, Estonia, Luxembourg, Ireland and Germany rounded out the top 10.

Croatia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania were ranked at the bottom of the index, which is released annually.

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