Finland ranks among the most digital countries in EU
Finland is one of the EU’s most digital countries, according to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) published by the European Commission. Other top digital performers were Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Finland performed better than the EU average in all of the DESI’s categories, which were connectivity, human capital, use of Internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services.
Finland stood out especially in the human capital category: a total of 91 per cent of the Finnish population are regular Internet users, and the Finnish workforce has by far the highest proportion of ICT specialists in the EU. Finns are also outstanding using digital technologies for online public services.
The study also notes that it is remarkable that given the geographical characteristics of the country, fixed broadband is available to 97 per cent of Finnish homes. Relative to income, broadband is also very affordable.
Generally, the study finds that EU Member States have made progress in areas such as connectivity, digital skills and public services since the publication of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy last year.
“More and more people, businesses and public services are going digital,” says Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the Digital Single Market.
However, the report notes that the pace of progress in EU is slowing down and calls for action from every Member State to boost their digital performance and economies.