Finland ranks second in Digibarometer 2020, which compares 22 countries with a composite index consisting of 36 variables. The ranking goes up one place from the last year. Denmark rises from its last year’s second place to the first place. The United States leaps from the first position to third place. The Netherland remains at fourth, Norway at fifth and Sweden at sixth position. The bottom of the list is once again occupied by Brazil, Italy, and Russia.
Digibarometer is a study which evaluates how well individual countries utilize digitalization and how they compare to one another in this respect. It measures the utilization of digital capabilities. In other words, general factors such as educational levels or a country’s role as a producer of ICT, for example, do not affect the scoring. The measurement is done on three levels (capabilities, utilization, and implications) and across three sectors (company, civic, and public). Each sector is examined on each level, thus forming a scoring matrix of nine cells for each country.
Finland has been among the three best countries in the Digibarometer during the seven years it has been carried out. It has even held the lead once, in 2016. Finland’s high placement is explained by its even performance across various indicators. Finland’s capabilities to utilize digitalization as well as the actual utilization are the second best in the world. Regarding implications (5th), however, Finland scores lower. Earlier on, the company sector has been Finland’s leading digital sector. Now the position of the Finnish companies is slightly waning in the international comparison (7th this year). Simultaneously, the public sector (2nd) maintains its good position, thus assuming the role of the new cornerstone of Finland’s placement. In the civic sector, Finland ranks also well and is now in the third place.
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