LEADERS OF THE PACK
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.