Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT: INTERNATIONAL -

The Nordic coun­tries and the Asian Tigers – Sin­ga­pore, Tai­wan (China), South Korea, and Hong Kong SAR – topped the WEF’s tech in­dex, “thanks to their busi­ness-friendly ap­proach, highly skilled pop­u­la­tions and in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture, among other strengths”. Ac­cord­ing to the WEF, Fin­land, which has one of the strong­est ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems in the world, stands out as a dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion hub. It boasts the world’s high­est num­ber of patent ap­pli­ca­tions per capita in the do­main of ICTs, which are ubiq­ui­tous in Fin­land. The WEF found that an as­ton­ish­ing 90% of Fin­nish house­holds have In­ter­net ac­cess, com­pared to about 70% in the United States and 85% in the United King­dom.

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