Nordic And Asian Nations Top ICT Proficiency Charts

Sweden has been ranked first in the list of countries that are most adept in utilising information and communications technologies (ICT) for growth by a World Economic Forum report.

The UK on the other hand failed to make it to the top-ten section, slipping two places to 15 in the latest Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011.

The Nordic nation was followed by Singapore at the second spot with Finland replacing Denmark to grab the third position. Meanwhile, Switzerland and the United States were ranked at the fourth and fifth positions.

The report, which is based on the Networked Readiness Index, studies ICT adoption in 138 countries across three key areas which include ICT adoption in general business, infrastructure and regulatory environments, the readiness to use ICT by individuals, businesses and government and the use of he currently available ICT infrastructure.

“Particularly in Scandinavia, you see a lot more access through mobile technologies and that allows even in the rural lands to have high levels of connectivity in place where many other countries are still working hard to get to those users,” Alan Marcus, senior director at the WEF, said in a statement to Reuters.