Finland’s ICT readiness ranked third best in the world

Finland’s strengths include ICT skills and innovation, as well as the country’s political, legal and business environment, according to the Global Information Technology Report 2012.

Finland scored consistently well across the whole range of NRI categories examining the country’s ICT environment, readiness, usage and impact. In terms of ICT skills, Finland was ranked as the best in the world. Among the 53 specific indicators used to calculate the NRI ranking, Finland was also judged the best for the number of ICT PCT patent applications per capita, the efficiency of its legal system and intellectual property protection.

Finland also scored well for the quality of its educational system, internet access in schools, capacity for innovation, and the availability of the latest technologies. In Finland 86.9% of individuals are using the internet, 82% of households have a personal computer, and almost 61% of people have mobile broadband, according to the report.

Finland’s Ministry for Employment and the Economy has established a high-level working group to prepare a strategy for reforming the ICT sector and to promote its competiveness. The new strategy will be published by the end of this year.

Sources: World Economic Forum, Ministry of Employment and the Economy