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Denmark once again the most digital country in the EU

Denmark continues to occupy the position as EU’s most digital country. Sweden, Finland and Netherlands compete for the secondary rankings.
The EU Commission has published the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018. An index, Denmark tops once again.  

DESI is structured around five main pillars: Connectivity, Human Capital, Use of Internet Services, Integration of Digital Technology, and Digital Public Services.

Denmark has improved in all areas compared to last year, with the exception of a minor decrease in the area of ‘Integration of Digital Technology’. However, Denmark still maintains its top position within the area.

In addition, Denmark has experienced a growth in the percentage of ICT specialists and Denmark continues to be on the forefront when it comes to the use of technology by businesses. Danish businesses are increasingly embracing digital technologies, such as cloud computing (38%) and social media (29 %).

Denmark’s new strategy for digital growth    

The index acknowledges many of the initiatives that the Danish government has launched in its 'Digital Growth Strategy', where 134 million EUR has been allocated to digital initiatives running until 2025. Among the initiatives being highlighted in this year’s DESI are:

  • Digital Hub Denmark: a digital matchmaking platform to improve companies’ access to talents and competences within emerging digital technologies. 
  • A Technology Pact: a cooperation between the Danish Government, business industry, and educational institutions, to promote digital and technical education.
  • The world’s first blockchain solution for ship registrations.

Furthermore, the Danish government recently announced a new telecom settlement with ambitious plans to enhance digital coverage and promote the roll-out of 5G coverage. Among other initiatives, this proves that Denmark continues to improve and enhance its position as the most digital country in EU.

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The fact that Denmark remains the most digital country proves that Denmark continues to stand out as an attractive testbed for companies looking to develop and apply new technologies and IT solutions. Building on this strong digital foundation, Danish businesses are now ready to invest in the next wave of advancement and to apply new emerging technologies. I have no doubt that the Danish government's new digital growth strategy will support this further advancement and enhance Denmark’s position as a digital frontrunner.

Lasse Grøn Christensen, Team Leader - Tech Invest in Denmark

About the Digital Economy and Society Index

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) by the European Commission is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

The DESI measures the five dimensions: connectivity, human capital, use of Internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services.

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