Denmark still falling behind in global IT race
Denmark continues to lag behind the global elite when it comes to IT utilisation, according to the 2015 Global Information Technology report.
The report – published annually by the World Economic Forum – showed that Denmark has dropped two spots in the global rankings since last year, from 13th to 15th. Once considered elite in IT, Denmark has dropped 11 spots in the rankings over the past four years.
“Denmark can improve its place in the ranking by utilising the internet’s potential for information sharing and by including its citizens better, such as via social media. That’s where we are struggling,” said Stig Yding Sørensen, the head of policy and business development at the Danish Technological Institute.
“It is imperative that policy focuses on generating good conditions for competition for access to computers, internet and mobile phones – and utilising the technologies to their fullest.”
Denmark – which scored 5.5 out of 7 – ranked 16th in the environment sub-index, 13th in the readiness sub-index, 9th in the usage sub-index and 21st in the impact sub-index. See Denmark’s profile here.
Within those four main sub-indexes, Denmark particularly struggled in affordability (33rd), government usage (40th) and social impact (30th).
While Singapore topped the rankings (here in English) , Denmark was among the worst-performing Nordic countries, well behind the likes of Finland (2nd), Sweden (3rd) and Norway (5th), but still ahead of Iceland (19th).
The African continent supplied the three worst in the rankings, with Chad finishing last, followed by Guinea and Burundi.