Global Top 10:
Sources: all charts and tables are from IBM analysis of EIU/IBM e-readiness rankings, 2010.
Western Europe results
Overall, regional digital economy score declined in 2010 – from 7.86 in 2009 to 7.70 this year The biggest score decline this year in the connectivity & technology infrastructure (-0.99), which is highest drop of all regions
- Sweden, Finland, Ireland and Spain are up in their overall ranks compared to last year
- The strength lies in all categories being at the top of all regional averages. Also, Western Europe average is higher than Major markets. The score increased for business environment (+0.20) & Govt policy (+0.18) from last year
- Western Europe dropped in all other 4 categories compared to last year (Connectivity, Social environment, Legal environment and Consumer & business adoption)
Clearly, there are two well-defined tiers in Western European regional grouping - countries that score between 1 and 12 globally (challenging top 10 positions in the world) and those lagging at around mid-20s and low 30s.
Ireland results to follow, so stay tuned.