Sweden is in the top three most digital nations on Earth, according to a new report from the EU Commission’s digitization index, DESI.
The index ranks Sweden in second place in Europe behind leaders Finland – and closely followed by the Netherlands and Denmark.
On a global scale, the International DESI index found only South Korea to be more digitally advanced than any of the top four EU countries.
DESI measures EU members’ digital competitiveness across several variables, including connectivity, human capital, internet use, digital tech integration and digital public services.
Sweden’s capital, Stockholm has long been a powerhouse in digital and entertainment production and has been ranked the world’s most prolific tech hub on a per capita basis, behind only Silicon Valley. In the 1990s, the Swedish government invested in high-speed internet and gave citizens tax breaks to buy computers and technology – creating what the World Economic Forum has previously called the ‘world’s most digital economy’.
Some of the world’s most well-known modern technology brands, such as Skype and Spotify, were born from Sweden’s active digital start-up environment, joining the likes of Ericsson, Electrolux and Volvo as Swedish brands in driving forward technology solutions on a global scale.
The Stockholm Åre 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games candidacy – Sweden’s bid to bring the Winter Games to the winter nation for the first time ever – outlines extensive plans to harness digital and future technologies to deliver a hyper-connected athlete, fan and media experience, plus utilise green technologies to achieve the most sustainable Olympic Games in history.
Over 80% of Sweden is digitally integrated in fast and super-fast fixed and mobile technology. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Sweden’s efforts to embrace digital transformation have been a key driver of economic growth in recent years – and the nation is well on track to meet its 2017 target to have 98% of households and firms connected to 1 gigabit per second internet by 2025.