February 26, 2015

Finland 4th most digital EU country

Finland’s fully developed digital society saw the country recognised with the highest score in DESI’s Human Capital dimension.
Finland’s fully developed digital society saw the country recognised with the highest score in DESI’s Human Capital dimension.
Mikko Stig / Lehtikuva

A new Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) released by the European Commission has ranked Finland fourth out of the 28 EU Member States.

The index outlines relevant indicators related to Europe’s digital performance and charts the evolution of each country’s digital competitiveness.

Finland scored the highest score in the Human Capital dimension, reflecting its fully developed digital society. A total of 79 per cent of Finns also possess basic digital skills, the second highest in the EU.

Regular Internet usage in Finland is the fifth highest in the EU, with 90 per cent of the population online. This is aided by the fact that fixed broadband is available to 97 per cent of homes.

Elsewhere, Finland has one of the highest proportions of ICT specialists in the EU with 4.7 per cent, and the second best digital public services.

Finland’s high ranking was not across all dimensions, however. Although Finnish citizens regularly utilise the Internet for making purchases, only 14 per cent of SMEs in Finland sell online. This is in keeping with the EU average. Finland’s ranking was further dimmed by the fact that only 4.8 per cent of Finnish SMEs sell online to other EU Member States, below the EU average.

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