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Sweden climbed to second place in the latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) – an index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. 95% of Swedes are online and Sweden tops the European country league when it comes to using the internet to listen to music watching videos and play games (91%), using video on demand (49%) and shopping online (84%).
Sweden gets higher scores compared with the previous year for fast broadband, digital skills and internet usage. Swedish businesses actively use digital technologies to improve efficiency, productivity and sales. In digital public services Sweden now ranks 5th, but open data is still an area where Sweden’s performance is relatively weak.
Sweden continues to have the second highest number of ICT specialists. There is a comparatively high share of women working as ICT specialists (20%) and Sweden ranks 6th in this respect. Sweden is well advanced in digital skills but the persistent lack of people with ICT specialist skills could hamper economic development, the report concludes. The report on Sweden can be downloaded here.